Month: December 2017

45 Years

It has been 45 years to this date that our hero, Roberto Clemente, passed away in a tragic plane accident off his home shores off of Puerto Rico on New Year’s Eve Day in 1972.

We will have our own personal reflections and thoughts on this day. Personally, I was only 2 when this tragedy occurred, yet I grew up a passionate baseball fan that did not remember Clemente at all. But, I have become not only enjoy baseball as a fan, but be involved in the business side of the sport. I have learned some fundamental truths about the game and sports in general;

  1. Always respect the fans and their passion for your product and brand
  2. Local ownership matters
  3. Be involved in your community and champion local business, charity and service organizations as the greater good benefits from a professional sports team
  4. Sign players with strong characters who want to help their community.

I can’t think of a better reflection of this philosophy than Roberto Clemente.

I am so fortunate to work with a former MLB player who not only met Roberto, but played against him as a San Francisco Giant. Hal Lanier, our manager at the Ottawa Champions, has a great story of receiving hitting tips and 2 baseball bats from Clemente that prompted Lanier’s longest career hit streak in 1970. There is something truly poetic about Roberto who was taken long before his time.

Roberto is my hero and mentor.

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Roberto Clemente with young fans in Montreal 

 

The 1964 Card

A new card for any PC collection is an exciting moment for a hobbyist, especially when it is a Roberto Clemente 1964 !

While this card is ungraded and I can’t begin to estimate (intelligently) the condition, I will place it around a “4”, but it is an amazing contribution to my growing collection that includes 1957, 1959 and 90 more unique cards.

This is a card that refers to Clemente as “Bob” that has generated a fair amount of controversy among historians and collectors – we assume that is a space consideration by Topps who used that nickname throughout the 1960’s. Any reader views on this ?

It’s also cool to see the back of the card mention the Montreal Royals who Clemente played for in 1954 and played against the local Ottawa Athletics at Lansdowne Park ! We have blogged about that gem of history before.

We can call the 1964 Clemente season “typical”. He led MLB in hits and batting average, elected to the All Star team and won a gold glove.