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Pirates' Great Roberto Clemente Honored With Google Doodle

the honor comes during Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.

October 12, 2018 - 10:49 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pittsburgh has been dominating Google doodles lately, first there was the beautiful tribute to the filming of the first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and now Pirates legend and humanitarian Roberto Clemente is being honored with his own doodle Friday.

The doodle, drawn by artist Roxie Vizcarra, is done “in the spirit of Hispanic Heritage Month in the US.”

Born August 18, 1934, Clemente would come to be known as one, if not the greatest Pittsburgh Pirate of all-time.

But even more important to Clemente than his World Series wins in 1960 and 1971, his 12 Gold Gloves, four National League batting titles, 1966 N.L. MVP, 1971 World Series MVP and 3000 career hits was his mission to help others, especially in his home country of Puerto Rico and surrounding countries.

Clemente’s life was cut short on while helping others on December 31, 1972 when his plane overloaded with relief supplies to help those devastated by an earthquake in Nicaragua, crashed.

Google partnered with the Clemente’s family for the doodle and the family said in a statement, “47 years ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates won game 3 of the 1971 World Series in which our Dad went 1 for 4 with an RBI in the Pirates 5-4 win against the Baltimore Orioles. He was named the MVP for that series, becoming the first Latino to ever do so.”

The Clemente family adds they started The Roberto Clemente Foundation to help “our mission to develop tomorrow’s leaders through education, sports and service leadership to continue his vision as we build nations of good.”

Learn more about the doodle and read the full statement from the Clemente family here.

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