Pittsburgh Pirates hold “Roberto Clemente Night”

Jul 24, 1970 | Special Days



On July 24, 1970, the Pittsburgh Pirates hold “Roberto Clemente Night” at Three Rivers Stadium, which opened only eight days earlier. After receiving over 100 gifts, Clemente collects two hits and makes two sliding catches but he leaves after suffering a cut left knee making a sliding catch on the gravel warning track. Dock Ellis goes all the way allowing four hits as the Pirates trounce the Astros, 11 – 0 help the Pirates to an 11-0 rout.


More than 43,000 fans packed Three Rivers Stadium to honor the legendary Pirates outfielder. The event raised $4,000, which Clemente donated to Children’s Hospital.

Later, he told an interviewer, “In a way, I was born twice. I was born in 1934 and again in 1955 when I came to Pittsburgh. I am thankful to say that I lived two lives.”


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