Roberto Clemente: Life and Legacy

Monteiro Community Gallery

Despite his untimely death at age 38, Roberto Clemente Walker lived a life that has created a legacy which continues to impact the world for generations to come. This exhibition highlights Clemente’s career in Major League Baseball, his legacy in popular culture, and his charitable and humanitarian work through art and memorabilia from the collection of Rep. Geraldo Reyes.

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Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates that included 2 World Series Championships, 15 All-Star selections and 12 Gold Glove Awards. He was the first Latin American player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, which was done posthumously in 1973. Beyond baseball, Clemente believed in making a difference in the world, using his time in the offseason to hold youth baseball clinics, and to deliver food for communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. It was on a flight to Nicaragua for a humanitarian project that his plane crashed, and his life was tragically cut short. The historic artifacts, artwork, photographs, and memorabilia in this exhibition create a unique picture of the substantial influence Clemente had – and still has – on life in Puerto Rico, the United States, and around the world.


“If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth.”
‒Roberto Clemente Walker

“Si tienes la oportunidad de lograr algo que mejoraría la vida de aquellos que vienen detrás de ti, y no lo haces, estas desperdiciando tu tiempo aquí en la Tierra.”
‒Roberto Clemente Walker


Vermont Public Article: “Afro-Boricua baseball star Roberto Clemente brings CT communities together decades after his death”