September 15th in the Major League is Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente Day. In 2002, former Commissioner Bud Cilic designated it as Roberto Clemente Day.
On this day, Pittsburgh players will wear Clemente’s uniform number 21. Players who have won the Roberto Clemente Award, a symbol of MLB service and good deeds, also wear number 21. Other players and coaching staff commemorate the deceased’s achievements by wearing a small number 21 patch on their chest.
Clemente was an outstanding outfielder from Puerto Rico. He reached 3,000 hits in 18 MLB years. He had a career batting average of 0.317, 240 home runs, 1,305 RBI, and 83 stolen bases. He was an All-Star 15 times and a Gold Glove Award 12 times.
In 1966, he won the National League regular season MVP, and he also won MVP in 1971 with the World Series championship. He played in 7 games for WS with a batting average of 0.414 (12 hits in 29 at-bats), 2 home runs, 4 RBIs, and 3 runs scored.
He died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, while on a plane delivering relief supplies to earthquake-hit Nicaragua. He was 38 years young. MLB inducted Clemente into the Hall of Fame the following year. He is the first Latin American player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
To become a member of HOF, a player must have at least 10 years of MLB experience and 5 years have passed since retirement. However, because Clemente died while doing volunteer work, it was accepted as a special case. He is also HOF based on his skills. The two special cases HOF in MLB history are Clemente and New York Yankees’ ‘Iron Horse’ Lou Gehrig.스포츠토토
Gehrig, who suffered from an unknown disease (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 1938 that causes muscles to contract, announced his retirement after playing in eight games in 1939, and retired at Yankee Stadium that year with the baseball version of Gettysburg, saying, “I am the happiest on earth.” He gave a speech and was inducted into a prestigious award. The first number retired in American sports history is Gehrig’s number 4. This has become a tradition and is being permanently retired in all sports.
In 1971, MLB presented awards to players for their dedication to sportsmanship and community service. After Clemente died in Nicaragua, he changed it to the Roberto Clemente Award, which continues to this day. If you look at the winners, they are players who are loved by fans both on the field and off the field.
Last year’s winner was LA Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (currently Boston Red Sox). Pittsburgh players include first baseman Willie Stargell in 1974 and outfielder Andrew McCutchen in 2015. Stargell is a legend who joined the prestigious league.