Roberto Clemente Jr Coming to Allentown
Roberto Clemente Jr., the oldest son of baseball Hall of Famer, Roberto Clemente, will be in Allentown tomorrow for appearances at Roberto Clemente Charter School and Allen High School and a visit with Mayor Ed Pawlowski.
Clemente will address charter school students at 10:50am and will meet with members of the Allen High School baseball team at 1:45pm before making a presentation to the student body at 2:05pm.
Clemente will meet with Mayor Pawlowski before attending a private book signing event.
Clemente is touring the country to promote the book written by him and members of his family in honor of his late father, “The True Legacy of an Undying Hero.”
Hall of Famer Clemente was killed in the New Year’s Day 1973 crash of a cargo plane carrying relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente was MVP of the 1971 World Series and stroked his 3,000th career hit on the final day of the 1972 season.
Roberto Clemente Jr. was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1984. His professional baseball career was cut short by a series of injuries.
In 1992, Roberto started the Puerto Rican RBI baseball program at Sports City, a multi-sport complex for the children and families of Puerto Rico to provide sports training, recreation and educational activities that was the dream of his father.
In 1993, Roberto started the Roberto Clemente Foundation to provide recreational, educational and community service opportunities for disadvantaged children in Pittsburgh. He also formed the Pittsburgh RBI program in 1994.
Roberto has also worked in broadcasting for the New York Yankees and ESPN and ESPN Deportes.
Roberto’s Allentown appearance is sponsored by Eddie Trujillo, owner of Supremo Foods of Plainfield, New Jersey. Trujillo and Clemente Jr. are childhood friends.
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