PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – This Wednesday the Pittsburgh Pirates will honor the life and legacy of the great Roberto Clemente by wearing his jersey number—21.
The team all wore the #21 last year for the first time since Clemente's number was retired, but this year will be in front of fans.
In addition, all Puerto Rican players can also wear the #21.
ESPN reports that all Clemente Award nominees for 2021 can also wear the number along with six active players who have won the award in the past.
"The award is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others," The MLB says. "Each club nominates a player in September. The winner is selected from 30 nominees during the World Series. Originally the Commissioner's Award, the honor was named for Clemente in 1973."
Andrew McCutchen was the last Pirates player to win the award in 2015.
Members of the team, coaches, front office executives, staff, as well as the Pirates Charities, will join members of the Clemente family by participating in service projects around the Pittsburgh area.
On Wednesday evening, the Pirates will honor the 2021’s Roberto Clemente Award recipient.
The jerseys worn on Wednesday’s game will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go to the Clemente Foundation and the Pirates Charities.