Today, Wednesday, September 30, marks the 48th anniversary of Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th and final hit.
Clemente’s son Roberto Clemente Jr. wants to use the day to encourage people to come together and to see his father’s #21 retired all across baseball, not just in the Pirates organization.
“Retire 21” is appearing on social media feeds in an effort to gain momentum for the movement.
The Clemente Foundation is giving all players involved in the Postseason a “Clemente Warrior” T-shirt “as a visible symbol in the fight against injustice.”
“This is an invitation to join the conversation of Roberto’s commitment against prejudice, racism and injustice toward minorities,” a release from the foundation stated.
“As the living legacy of Roberto and Vera Clemente, we feel the need to unify our country and preach the principles of sharing the true humanitarian values within each individual. Now more than ever, we must continue this movement for equality and inclusiveness.”
On the Cook and Joe Show Wednesday, Pirates manager Derek Shelton said the highlight of the season for him was when he and his team all had #21 on the back of their jerseys on Clemente Day.
Players of Puerto Rican decent were also invited to have #21 on their uniforms that day.
“The Great One” died on New Year’s Eve 1972 in a plane crash while delivering relief supplies to hurricane-ravaged Nicaragua.