Theme #17 – Black and White

This is the Clemente Bridge named after one of the greatest baseball players in Pittsburgh Pirate history

And, of course, a history lesson:

Clemente spent much of his time during the off-season involved in charity work. When Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, was affected by a massive earthquake on December 23, 1972, Clemente (who had been visiting Managua three weeks before the quake) immediately set to work arranging emergency relief flights. He soon learned, however, that the aid packages on the first three flights had been diverted by corrupt officials of the Somoza government, never reaching victims of the quake.

Clemente decided to accompany the fourth relief flight, hoping that his presence would ensure that the aid would be delivered to the survivors.   The airplane he chartered for a New Year’s Eve flight,  had a history of mechanical problems and sub-par flight personnel, and it was overloaded by 5,000 pounds. It crashed into the ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico immediately after takeoff on December 31, 1972. A few days after the crash, the body of the pilot and part of the fuselage of the plane were found.  An empty flight case apparently belonging to Clemente was the only personal item recovered from the plane.  Clemente’s teammate and close friend Manny Sanguillen was the only member of the Pirates not to attend Roberto’s memorial service.  The catcher chose instead to dive into the waters where Clemente’s plane had crashed in an effort to find his teammate. Clemente’s body was never recovered.[41]

At the time of his death, Clemente had established several records within the Pittsburgh Pirates, including possessing the record for hitting the most triples in a single game with three and the record for most hits in two consecutive games with ten, as well as achieving other accomplishments that were unparalleled at the moment.  These include tying the record for most Gold Glove Awards won among outfielders with twelve, which he shares with Willie Mays.  He also became the only player to have ever hit a walk-off inside-the-park grand slam. He accomplished this historic feat on July 25, 1956 in a 9-8 Pittsburgh win against the Chicago Cubs, at Forbes Field.  In addition, he was one of four players to have ten or more Gold Gloves and a lifetime batting average of over .300.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Love your high contrast black and white…reflections are incredible!

  2. Beautiful shot with great reflections.

  3. Thanks for the history lesson. Now it’s way more than just a great photo – it has meaning.

    • Thank you!!! But shouldn’t all photographs have meaning? 😎

  4. I love this image — were you using a star filter? You have picked up some wonderful light!

    • No star filter. When you have a long exposure, the lights will always show that star formation. Try it…

  5. great tribute but a sad tale!

  6. Beautiful reflections and contrast in your image, and a wonderful tribute to a generous person.

  7. Nice photo and story. I was 12 when he died and remember it well, having admired The Pirates and all their power. Sure wish I had kept all of my baseball cards from that era!


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