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Roberto Clemente
18 August 1934 -- 31 December 1972

Detail of Roberto Clemente's face.

Just over 25 years ago, Roberto Clemente was killed when the airplane in which he was riding, crashed. He was on a mission of mercy bringing relief aid to victims of a recent Nicaraguan earthquake. The following two haiku-like poems were observed spray-painted on the backside remaining stretch of Forbes Field's outfield wall. The poems have since been obliterated, and the poet identified only as D J RENEGADE


FROZEN ROPE PAST FIRST
ROBERTO SCOOPS AND RIFLES
DUST SWIRLS, UMP PUNCHES

FLY ARCS HIGH TO RIGHT
CLEMENTE BASKET CATCHES
ADIOS AMIGO.

Please visit these other Pennsylvania Department Clemente sites in Oakland and on the North Side, as well as a list of additional reading on the life of No. 21.