Family of late Baseball Hall of Fame player Roberto Clemente visits Canton
CANTON -- The family of Baseball Hall of Fame player Roberto Clemente visited SUNY Canton Wednesday.
Clemente's widow, Vera, and their son, Roberto Clemente Jr., made the trip to the U.S. from Puerto Rico to visit Roberto Jr.'s son, Roberto Clemente III, who is a freshmen at SUNY Canton and will play baseball for the college next semester.The visit marked Vera's first visit to the North Country. She said she loves the people and will return to watch her grandson play baseball in the spring. Vera and Roberto Jr. are also planning to take part in a book signing in Watertown Saturday, Nov. 16.
During the visit, the two also met with the athletic department's staff and discussed SUNY Canton and Puerto Rican culture.
The legendary Roberto Clemente Sr. was born in Puerto Rico and played right field for 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 after his death in 1972.
Widely known for his humanitarian work, Clemente died while on a flight that was delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Roberto Clemente III said he has learned a lot from his grandfather's legacy and wants to carry on his traits of being a man of character.