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Roberto Clemente Ballfield

Division Ave. between Wythe Ave. and Kent Ave.


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

The Roberto Clemente Ballfield is named for one of this country’s greatest major league baseball players. Roberto Walker Clemente was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico on August 18, 1934. He played softball until he was seventeen, when he was recruited to play for the Santurce Cangregeros baseball team. In 1953 a scout signed him to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ International League farm team in Montreal. After just one season in the minor leagues, Clemente was selected as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ number one pick in the 1954 major league baseball draft.

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