Neil Walker was dealt to the New York Mets during the 2015 off-season, having started his career in Pittsburgh and played there for seven seasons.
Neil’s father, Tom, was also a major leaguer and had developed a friendship with Pittsburgh Pirate great Roberto Clemente when they were teammates in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
In 1972, Tom Walker helped Clemente load an airplane with supplies that were destined for Nicaragua as relief to hurricane victims there. Clemente lost his life in the plane’s crash in route from San Jaun to Nicaragua.
Read more about the Walker connection to Clemente at the link below from New York Daily News: