TheBaseballPage.com

Roberto Clemente Award

Roberto Clemente Award

Roberto Clemente Award
The Roberto Clemente Award
Awarded for Roberto Clemente Award
Presented by Baseball fans and members of the media
First awarded 1973
Currently held by Tim Wakefield

The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team", as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media. It is named for Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente. Originally known as the Commissioner's Award, it has been presented by the MLB since 1971. In 1973, the award was renamed after Clemente following his death in a plane crash while delivering supplies to victims of the Nicaragua earthquake.

Each year, a panel of baseball dignitaries selects 1 player from 30 nominees, one from each club. Teams choose their nominee during the regular season, and the winner is announced at the World Series. The player who receives the most votes online via MLB's official website, MLB.com, gets one vote in addition to the votes cast by the panel. Since 2007, the Roberto Clemente Award has been presented by Chevy. Chevy donates money and a Chevy vehicle to the national winner's charity of choice and additional money is donated by Chevy to the Roberto Clemente Sports City, a non-profit organization in Carolina, Puerto Rico, designed to provide recreational sports activities for children. Additionally, Chevy donates money to the charity of choice of each of the 30 Club recipients.

The first winner of the award was Willie Mays, and the most recent winner was Tim Wakefield. None of the winners have received the award more than once, so far. The first pitcher to win the award was Phil Niekro in 1980, and the first catcher to win the award was Gary Carter in 1989.

By The Baseball Page

 

More From Around the Web

Sponsored Links

This day in baseball history

May 04

  • 1984

    On May 4, 1984, Dave Kingman of the Oakland A’s hits a bal ...

  • 1982

    On May 4, 1982, Jim Eisenreich leaves a game at Fenway Park ...

  • 1981

    On May 4, 1981, Ron Davis of the New York Yankees strikes ou ...

More Baseball History

Player Profile

Jack Taylor

P, Chicago Cubs

Read Bio
Hall of Fame

Walter Johnson

P, Washington Senators

Read Bio
Season Profile

1922 Detroit Tigers

The player-manager a

Read Bio
Historical Figure

Doug Harvey

Harold Douglas Harvey

Read Bio
Manager Profile

Frank Howard

Washington Senators

Read Bio
Ballpark Profile

Three Rivers

Three Rivers Stadium was named

Read Bio
Tagged:
Roberto Clemente Award

Comments

Login or register to post comments

Stay Connected

Share |

Today's Poll

Will Red Sox Repeat in 2014: