David Wright was named the Mets’ recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, which is named in honor of the former Pirates HOF-er and goes to the player who gives most to the community.
Each team has a winner, who then becomes one of 30 men eligible to win the Clemente Award for all of baseball. Wright was honored for his work with the David Wright Foundation.
The award has been given out since ’71, but was renamed in Clemente’s honor after he was killed in a plane crash the following year. … If you want to know more about Clemente, read the book Clemente by David Maraniss. I read it this summer and found it to be just about the best sports biography I’ve ever read. You learn that Clemente was a compelling figure long before his the tragic ending to his life.
The Mets have had three winners of the Clemente Award since its inception: Gary Carter in 1989, Al Leiter in 2000 and Carlos Delgado in 2006.
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