Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Roberto Clemente Museum : ARRIBA ! ARRIBA!

It is very possible that I tend to overwhelm my high school history students with the message “If you do not understand the present, you do not know your past even less the future.” 
Certainly, in today’ generation there are no history fans, however, to baseball devotees, since it is the national pastime, they tend to be knowledgeable of its past. Younger generations in Latin America are no different than in the United States. However, when there is a beisbol discussion they can go on and on without any doubt or hesitation.
Last month in Cincinnati during the festivities of the 2015 All-Star Game, Latinos could be seen challenging each other about the history of Hispanic hall of famers such as Orlando Cepeda, Rod Carew Juan Marichal and Tany Perez. Also, arguing who should be chosen next at Cooperstown; Mariano Rivera and Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez.
Last July in Pittsburgh, I really thought the idea of history was also non-existent. It was a very nice surprise; at every corner in PNC Park during Pirates home games, you could still meet a lot of youngsters with Roberto Clemente shirts. Very much as if the number 21 is still one of the stars that share the Bucs outfield with present Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte.
Many responses received by the kids were very compelling and pleasing about their knowledge of the one still unforgotten, “The Great One”. No one would imagine for Pittsburgher’s kids history has such importance. 
For those wondering how they know. many have visited the Roberto Clemente Museum in Lawrenceville in the revitalize section of northeast Pittsburgh.
No matter if a baseball fan or not, it is amazing how a ball player from Puerto Rico today steals the hearts of the people from the Steel City and is one of its most important figures of its own history. At least in my opinion, his life is presented as one of the best baseball museums in the country. 
I do not like to compare museums, but the Roberto Clemente Museum should be one of the most visited as is the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame inside Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.
The museum is housed in two floors of the historic Engine House 25 building. His life is presented with a series of photographs and plenty of memorabilia from his playing days such as awards, bats, gloves uniforms and much more.
A museum visit is by appointment only, and its guided tour is around an hour and a half.
The Roberto Clemente Museum in simple words is ‘Le Magnifique.’ It should be a mandatory stop in Pittsburgh.

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