Smithsonian Roberto Clemente Exhibit In its Final Weeks at Little League Museum
The Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit honoring the life and legacy of former Pittsburgh Pirate All-Star outfielder Roberto Clemente will conclude its two-month stop at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum on Sunday, Nov. 14.
The "Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente" exhibit is making its 12th stop on a 20-city national tour through 2012. The exhibit made its debut in Oct. 2007.
The exhibit was developed by the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico with the Carimar Design and Research Studio, and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. It is complemented by a downloadable bilingual (English and Spanish) podcast and an interactive web site (www.robertoclemente.si.edu) with a virtual exhibition, children's activities, lesson plans, biographical highlights and historic photographs. The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Smithsonian Latino Center.
In his 18 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Mr. Clemente earned 12 consecutive Gold Glove Awards, won four batting crowns and amassed 3,000 hits. He was an integral part of the Pirates' World Series victories in 1960 and 1971. Mr. Clemente's precise and powerful throwing arm earned him acclaim as "the greatest right fielder of all time" by former Major League catcher and current broadcaster Tim McCarver. He also was honored as the National League MVP in 1966 and elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously, the first Latino American to be inducted.
While Mr. Clemente rose to stardom with his accomplishments on the field, he never forgot his heritage and the prejudice he had faced. He fought for the recognition of his fellow Latino baseball players, helped people in need across the United States and Central America, and held free baseball clinics for children in his homeland. His charitable work led to the creation of Sports City, an athletic complex in his hometown of Carolina, Puerto Rico, designed to help disadvantaged youth develop athletic skills and prevent illegal drug use.
Tragically, Mr. Clemente's life ended at age 38 in a plane crash flying relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims on New Year's Eve in 1972. In memory of Mr. Clemente, the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year Award was established by Major League Baseball to recognize Major Leaguers who combine outstanding skills on the field with devoted work in the community.
The exhibit will be on display at the Little League Museum for two more weeks. Museum hours are: Monday and Thursday noon to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission to the museum is: $5 for adults; $1.50 for children 13 and younger; and $3 for anyone 62 years and older. For more information, contact the Museum at (570) 326-3607. Group tours also are available by appointment.
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