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Roberto Clemente Award

Roberto Clemente Award
The Roberto Clemente Award
Awarded for the award is given to a player that shows the most sportsmanship and kindness
Country United States
Presented by Major League Baseball
First awarded 1971
Currently held by
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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.[1]

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.[1] The player who receives the most votes online via MLB's official website,, gets one vote in addition to the votes cast by the panel.[1] 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.[1]

The first winner of the award was Willie Mays, and the most recent winners are Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins. 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.[1] To date, Clemente's former teammate Willie Stargell is the only member of the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the award, having won it in 1974; the Pirates themselves have been wearing Clemente-era throwback uniforms in recent years on Roberto Clemente Day, which is the day they play the game that they present their nominee to MLB.[2] In 2014, for the first time, the award was awarded to two players instead of one. The award was awarded to Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins.


Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame


Year Player Team League Position
1971 Clemente, RobertoRoberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates National Outfielder
1972 Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles American Third baseman
1973 Kaline, AlAl Kaline Detroit Tigers American Outfielder
1974 Stargell, WillieWillie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates National Outfielder
1975 Brock, LouLou Brock St. Louis Cardinals National Outfielder
1976 Rose, PetePete Rose Cincinnati Reds National Third baseman
1977 Carew, RodRod Carew Minnesota Twins American First baseman
1978 Luzinski, GregGreg Luzinski Philadelphia Phillies National Outfielder
1979 Thornton, AndreAndre Thornton Cleveland Indians American First baseman
1980 Niekro, PhilPhil Niekro Atlanta Braves National Pitcher
1981 Garvey, SteveSteve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers National First baseman
1982 Singleton, KenKen Singleton Baltimore Orioles American Designated hitter
1983 Cooper, CecilCecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers American First baseman
1984 Guidry, RonRon Guidry New York Yankees American Pitcher
1985 Baylor, DonDon Baylor New York Yankees American Designated hitter
1986 Maddox, GarryGarry Maddox Philadelphia Phillies National Outfielder
1987 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe Chicago Cubs National Pitcher
1988 Murphy, DaleDale Murphy Atlanta Braves National Outfielder
1989 Carter, GaryGary Carter New York Mets National Catcher
1990 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart Oakland Athletics American Pitcher
1991 Reynolds, HaroldHarold Reynolds Seattle Mariners American Second baseman
1992 Ripken, Jr., CalCal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles American Shortstop
1993 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin Cincinnati Reds National Shortstop
1994 Winfield, DaveDave Winfield Minnesota Twins American Designated hitter
1995 Smith, OzzieOzzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals National Shortstop
1996 Puckett, KirbyKirby Puckett Minnesota Twins American Outfielder
1997 Davis, EricEric Davis Baltimore Orioles American Outfielder
1998 Sosa, SammySammy Sosa Chicago Cubs National Outfielder
1999 Gwynn, TonyTony Gwynn San Diego Padres National Outfielder
2000 Leiter, AlAl Leiter New York Mets National Pitcher
2001 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling Arizona Diamondbacks National Pitcher
2002 Thome, JimJim Thome Cleveland Indians American First baseman
2003 Moyer, JamieJamie Moyer Seattle Mariners American Pitcher
2004 Martínez, EdgarEdgar Martínez Seattle Mariners American Designated hitter
2005 Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz Atlanta Braves National Pitcher
2006 Delgado, CarlosCarlos Delgado New York Mets National First baseman
2007 Biggio, CraigCraig Biggio Houston Astros National Second baseman
2008 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals National First baseman
2009 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter New York Yankees American Shortstop
2010 Wakefield, TimTim Wakefield Boston Red Sox American Pitcher
2011 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz Boston Red Sox American Designated hitter
2012 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers National Pitcher
2013 Beltrán, CarlosCarlos Beltrán St. Louis Cardinals National Outfielder
2014* Konerko, PaulPaul Konerko Chicago White Sox American First Baseman
Rollins, JimmyJimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies National Shortstop
  • In 2014, there were two recipients of the award – one for each league.

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