For the first time since Roberto Clemente’s number was retired in 1973 following his tragic death on Dec. 31, 1972, a Pirates player took the field wearing No. 21. Every person on Pittsburgh’s roster and coaching staff donned a white No. 21 jersey in the Pirates’ game against the White Sox on Roberto Clemente Day.More
Roberto Clemente Day was established by Major League Baseball to honor the legacy of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. In his honor, MLB annually presents the Roberto Clemente Award to recognize the player who best represents the game of Baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Club nominees for this prestigious award are announced on Roberto Clemente Day each year.