Follow Us

Roberto Clemente’s number 21 retired from Puerto Rico’s baseball leagues

The emblematic number 21 used by legendary Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente in the Major Leagues was officially retired today from the main professional tournaments on the island, 44 years after his death.

The agreement was approved by the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League of Puerto Rico, the local Amateur Baseball Federation, the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy & High School, the Carlos Beltrán Baseball Academy, the Puerto Rico Little League and the Puerto Rico Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA), among other associations.

“We want future generations to know the value and universality of the figure of Clemente, who, beyond his 3,000 hits, stood out for his great human quality,” said Edwin Rodríguez, executive director of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy & High School, organization responsible for convening the signing of the agreement.

You can also read:  It's a prank? Trevor Bauer says he will return to the Dodgers to win a title

The sports agreement is part of a formal request to Major League Baseball, led by Robert Manfred, to formally retire Clemente’s number 21, as promoted by the “Retire 21” movement, led by Puerto Rican Julio Pabón and which It already has over 2,500 signatures.

So far, Major League Baseball has retired the number 42 worn by Jackie Robinson, the first black player to play in the Major Leagues.

This distinction to Robinson occurred under the mandate of then-baseball commissioner Bud Selig in 1997, fifty years after the late player broke the racial barriers of Major League Baseball.

During his 18 major league seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente won four batting titles, a Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player award in 1966, and made two World Series appearances.

You can also read:  Is Yadier Molina a fan of Los Tigres del Norte's 'red bone'?

He hit .317 for his lifetime, twelve times he was selected to the All-Star Game and the same number of times he was “Gold Glove” in the Major Leagues for his excellent defense.

Such was his defensive excellence that in 1958 he took out 22 running backs to win the first of a record five assist titles.

In 1972, Clemente became the first Latin American player in the history of the Major Leagues to connect 3,000 hits, a figure that automatically puts any player in the Hall of Fame.

The athlete died on December 31, 1972 while transporting aid to the victims of an earthquake that hit Nicaragua, leaving an important legacy not only in sports, but as a public figure, supportive and committed.

You can also read:  Former Major League Baseball Davis Romero, Panama's first starter in Bolivarianos

Clemente entered the Hall of Fame in 1973, a year after his death. Only three players in Major League history have been selected for baseball immortality within a year of retirement. Every retired player is supposed to wait at least five years for his possible entry to the venue. EFE

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

+ 34 = 40