“We need to show love and to love, not only our kids and our family as a whole but also our neighbors. We’re all brothers and sisters, and we must give each other a helping hand when it is needed.”
One of the most popular Pittsburgh Pirates of all time, Roberto Clemente’s pride and humanitarianism won him universal admiration. For 18 years, Clemente starred in the Pirates outfield, winning four National League batting crowns and batted .317 in his career, with 240 home runs and 1,305 RBIs. Despite an unorthodox batting style, he amassed 3,000 hits. He also won 12 Gold Glove Awards, displaying a precise and powerful arm. Clemente earned National League MVP honors in 1966 but achieved his greatest fame in the 1971 World Series, in which he batted .414.
Tragically, Clemente’s life ended at age 38 when he was the victim of a plane crash while flying relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.
After his untimely death, Roberto was honored for his “outstanding athletic, civic, charitable, and humanitarian contributions,” and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in 1973.
Major League Baseball so revered him that the Roberto Clemente Award was created in 1973 and is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others. Each club nominates a player in September. The winner is selected from 30 nominees during the World Series.
The Roberto Clemente Foundation was created with a mission is to serve as the bridge for youth to become responsible members of their communities through sports, education and community service.
Roberto’s Kids continues the legacy and commitment to social responsibility of the late, great Clemente. The organization helps kids define the skills an athlete needs to possess to be a vital part of the team and are the same skills he needs to be a vital part of his community. They must recognize and accept the consequences of the actions and decisions they undertake-Character, Leadership, Integrity. They must hold a caring attitude towards themselves and others-Respect and Responsibility. They must learn a strong sense of control and competence, and learn to recognize and accept individuality and cultural diversity-Sportsmanship.
On the Field
- Inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973
- National League MVP in 1966
- Batted .317 in his career, with 240 home runs and 1,305 RBIs
- Had 3,001 hits in his 18 year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates
- Was a Glove Glove winner 12 times
- Batted .414 in the 1971 World Series
Off the Field
- Awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the United States Congress in 1973
- Major League Baseball created the annual Roberto Clemente Award in this honor in 1973
- Roberto Clemente, Jr. started the Roberto Clemente Foundation a not-for-profit organization designed to aid the needy in areas of education and athletics.
- Roberto’s Kids continues the legacy and commitment to social responsibility of the late, great Clemente.