Roberto Clemente's Batting Helmet

Description (Brief)
Batting Helmet worn by Pittsburgh Pirate's outfielder Roberto Clemente (1934 - 1972.) Born in Puerto Rico, Clemente began his 18 year tenure with the Pirates in 1955. During his career he was a 15 time All-Star at his postiion, winning 12 golden gloves, 4 batting titles, and a National League Most Valuable Player award (1966.)
In 1972, Clemente died in a plane crash delivering charitable aid to Nicaraguan earth quake victims. The following year, he became the first player from Latin America inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Currently not on view
Object Name
helmet, baseball
date made
ca 1960
Clemente, Roberto
associated institution
Pittsburgh Pirates
American Baseball Cap Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
fiberglass (overall material)
overall: 5 1/4 in x 7 1/4 in x 11 in; 13.335 cm x 18.415 cm x 27.94 cm
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Major League
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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