CHESTER, NJ — A home jersey that was worn by Pittsburgh Pirate legend and Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente sold for $66,000 at an auction Monday.
The 1971-1972 home jersey featuring “Pirates” listed on the front and Clemente’s number “21” on the front and back, went up for auction at Robert Edward Auctions. The starting bid was $10,000.
The jersey was believed to be worn by Clemente during the 1972 season, his final season. It could have been the one worn in his last game where he recorded his 3,000th hit.
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Clemente was also known for his humanitarian efforts off the field. He held baseball clinics for kids, made generous donations and delivered food and supplies to those in need.
It was on a mission trip in December 1972 to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua, where Clemente tried to deliver aid. His plane was overloaded and crashed shortly after takeoff. Clemente was killed in the crash. He was 38.
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