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Celebration of the
World Changers

In 1971, Willie Mays received the award as well as Brooks Robinson in 1972, which was then called the Commissioner’s Award. In 1973, the award was given to Al Kaline as the Roberto Clemente Award for its humanitarian qualities.

Thankfully, over 40 of the Clemente award winners are still with us today. Many retired, but still active and doing good work for their communities.  We hope to have as many of them present as possible for the Clemente Hall of Fame dedication ceremony in November. Our Hall of Fame is a celebration of these humanitarian efforts. Our hope is that we can help cultivate the next generation of world-changers.

Left: Kids at historic Santurce Cangrejeros dugout.
Photo: Jean Fruth / National Baseball Hall of Fame

Kept in a Place of Honor

The Roberto Clemente Award has been given out for nearly 50 years. What makes this award stand out among the many awards the MLB honors its players is its humanity. Award winners embody Roberto’s values on the diamond and in the community. The Roberto Clemente Award has established itself as one of baseball’s most prestigious humanitarian awards. Award winner Albert Pujols’s Roberto Clemente Award occupies a place of honor in his home away from his many other awards. In 2017, Anthony Rizzo was similarly honored and stated, “It’s the greatest award you can win…

Right: Statue at the Roberto Clemente Stadium in Carolina.
Photo: Jean Fruth / National Baseball Hall of Fame

A Higher Calling

Albert Pujols was asked what question he would have for Roberto if he was still alive. “Why did you go?”, Pujols stated, “Why did you get on that plane to serve those people in Nicaragua who you did not know and had never met?” Pujols said it was Roberto’s hypothetical response: “‘Because it was my responsibility.’ I feel the same way. It is my responsibility.” Roberto didn’t commit himself to service because he thought it would make him seem like a better person. He didn’t even do it out of the vague notion that “it was the right thing to do.” He recognized very specific wrongs in the world, and was compelled by a higher power to do what he could to make it right. It was his responsibility, and we are all called to use our talents to answer that same call. None of us are exempt as Roberto would have believed.

Left: Roberto Clemente teaching children.
Photo: Clemente family