Located in the former Engine House 25 near Lawrenceville's Doughboy Square, the museum's collection of baseball artifacts, photographs and memorabilia highlight the All-Star right fielder's barrier-breaking career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his personal life and his humanitarian work.
Gifted batter and right fielder Roberto Clemente joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955, just one year after the team hired its first non-white player. A native of Puerto Rico, he stayed with the Buccos for 18 seasons and two World Series victories. He was the first Latino to win a World Series as a starter (1960), a World Series Most Valuable Player Award (1971) and to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame 1973). He was a four-time National League batting champion, making his 3,000th hit in 1972. Clemente left his mark on Pittsburgh and The Roberto Clemente Museum in Lawrenceville commemorates the No. 21, known to his fans as “The Great One.”
The museum is not typically open to the public but tours can be scheduled up to a month in advance. For a small fee, the hour and a half long tour takes visitors through displays of significant baseball memorabilia and personal items. The museum is affiliated with the Clemente family, whom have graciously donated several items to its exhibits.
The Roberto Clemente Museum will host its first-ever open house from 3-7 p.m. July 19 and 10-2 p.m. July 20. Admission is $20 per adult, $10 for children and $10 for students with a valid student ID. Exclusive merchandise will also be available.