Friday, April 14, 2017

Roberto Clemente Statues

The Roberto Clemente statues at Estadio Roberto Clemente (Roberto Clemente Stadium) in Clemente's hometown of Carolina, Puerto Rico depict him in baseball's first real uniform! Both are in color and show Clemente in the crewneck pullover jerseys and the sansabelt baseball pants with the striped elastic waistband that the Pittsburgh Pirates introduced in mid-season 1970. The statue in front of the ballpark captures the moment Clemente connected for his 3,000 career hit and the statue beyond the outfield captures the moment when he tipped his helmet to acknowledge the crowd's cheers following that milestone. It's great to see the first Ultimate Baseball Look worn by a great ballplayer and humanitarian immortalized in this fashion. The people just look at it say, "yes, baseball should be played in real uniforms, pullover jerseys and beltless baseball pants!" It is the right belief.

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