CIRCA 1970’s: Outfielder Roberto Clemente #21of Pittsburgh Pirates warms up before a MLB baseball game circa early 1970’s. Clemente’ Played for the Pirates from 1955-72. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
A fitting tribute for The Great One.
Pirates announce we will wear the jersey number 21 on Roberto Clemente Day.
“Our staff and players are excited to wear the number 21 with pride as we constantly search for ways to not only honor Roberto’s legacy but to keep his memory alive through our community actions,” he said in a statement. “We recognize what this moment represents for all of us within the organization, the Clemente Family, our fans, and the people of Puerto Rico. We take great pride in representing such a great ambassador of the game.”
“Since 1973 the only persons allowed to wear no. 21 in a Pirate uniform would had been any of the three sons. I became the closest to have that honor, but didn’t continue to play to reach the Major League level,” he said. “History will be made this September 9 and we would like to express our deepest gratitude to Derek Shelton for his initiative and supporting the Clemente Family endeavors. We thank Bob Nutting and the Pirates organization for continuing the goodwill of the Clemente name in their community efforts.”
News – The Pittsburgh Pirates Will Celebrate Roberto Clemente Day This Year By Wearing His Number