Roberto Clemente Jr. tried his hand at professional baseball, but was not fortunate to have a significant career as a player, as his Hall of Fame father did.
Roberto Jr. played for three seasons in the Phillies and Padres organizations during 1984 to 1986. Roberto Sr. played for 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates before dying in a plane crash on New Year’s eve in 1972 at age 38, while participating in a earthquake relief effort in Nicaragua.
Roberto Jr. is now a broadcaster, businessman and curator of the Roberto Clemente Foundation. He helped established the RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) program in Pittsburgh.
Read more about Roberto Clemente Jr. at the link below from the Portland Tribune:
The family of Roberto Clemente has recently released a book they wrote about the legendary Puerto Rican Hall of Famer. The book, titled “Clemente: The True Legacy of An Undying Hero,” covers not only his baseball career, but his life off the field–one that included many humanitarian acts. In fact, Major League Baseball’s annual award to one of its players, for humanitarian contributions, is named after Clemente.
See the story about the Clemente family’s comments about the book at nbcmiami.com:
The family of Roberto Clemente is publishing a book about their deceased family hero, “Roberto Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero.” The book was written by his widow Vera and his sons Roberto Jr., Ricky, and Luis.
Roberto Clemente Sr. played with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1972. He amassed 3,000 hits during his career and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a twelve-time All-Star, four-time National League batting champion, and National League MVP in 1966. A defensive wizard, he won consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1961 to 1972.
Roberto Sr. died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 while transporting supplies to the earthquake-stricken Nicaragua. Major League Baseball’s annual humanitarian award is named in his honor.
Roberto Sr.’s two sons, Roberto Jr. and Luis, both briefly played minor league baseball. His nephew, Edgard Clemente, played for three seasons in the big leagues from 1998 to 2000.
See link below for more information about the Clemente Family in triblive.com:
At a recent global sports conference at Westminster College, speaker Roberto Clemente Jr. conveyed stories about his father’s impact on baseball and the world in general. Roberto Sr., the former Pittsburgh Pirate Hall of Famer, was also a noted humanitarian, dying in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, delivering supplies to an earthquake-striken Nicaragua.
Roberto Jr. pursued a baseball career himself, as he was an outfielder/first baseman in the Phillies and Padres organization during 1984-1986. His brother, Luis, was signed by the Pirates organization and played only one season of professional baseball in 1985.
See link below for a story about Roberto Clemente Jr. in the Fulton Sun: