Beyond Baseball | The Life of Roberto Clemente. Clemente hits a triple in the 1971 World Series. AP/Wide World Photo

 

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Archived exhibitions are no longer available for booking but are maintained as a virtual record of past Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) programs.

Clemente provided free baseball clinics for children. Courtesy Museo de Arte de Puerto RicoThe baseball diamond has produced legendary athletes who have broken records and shattered barriers. But for many, Roberto Clemente is the most inspiring of all. With a cannon arm and lightning speed, he was an outstanding ballplayer. But the Puerto Rico native was also a dedicated humanitarian.

SITES, the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Clemente family, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico are pleased to present Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente as a tribute to this monumental figure’s outstanding achievements on the field and off.

With a lightweight, easy-to-install structure, this bilingual (English/Spanish) panel exhibition is richly illustrated with images of Clemente’s life and accomplishments. Beyond Baseball debuted at the Louisville Slugger Museum in 2007 and is complemented by a downloadable bilingual podcast and an interactive website (www.robertoclemente.si.edu) with lesson plans, biographical highlights, historic photographs, game footage, nd baseball trivia. A journey into sports history, ethnic pride, and Clemente’s profound commitment to helping others, Beyond Baseball is ideal for libraries, community centers, ballpark galleries, and small museums.

Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente was developed by the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico with the Carimar Design and Research studio, and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Additional support for this exhibition was provided by Ford Motor Company Fund.

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Roberto Clemente quote

 

Exhibition specifications

Contents
Freestanding structures printed with images and text
Supplemental

Brochure, educational and promotional resources, speaker list, bibliography

Participation Fee

$2,500 per 8-week booking period, plus outgoing shipping

Square Feet
1,000 square feet
Category
History & Culture
Security
Limited
SITES Contacts

Fredric Williams, 202.633.3103 (Content)

Tour Through
June 2012
   

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Tour Itinerary

Opening
Closing
Host Institution
Status
10/20/2007
2/24/2008
Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Louisville, KY
Booked
3/15/2008
5/11/2008
Georgia Highlands College, Rome, GA
Booked
6/5/2008
7/27/2008
National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN
Booked
8/16/2008
10/12/2008
Greene County Public Library, Xenia, OH
Booked
11/1/2008
1/3/2009
Collier County Parks and Recreation, Naples, FL
Booked
1/24/2009
3/22/2009
Hoard Historical Museum, Fort Atkinson, WI
Booked
4/11/2009
6/7/2009
Austin Public Library, Austin, MN
Booked
6/27/2009
8/23/2009
Broward County Library, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Booked
9/12/2009
12/6/2009
Red Cloud Opera House at the Cather Center, NE
Booked
1/16/2010
4/11/2010
Elmhurst Historical Museum, Elmhurst, IL
Booked
5/1/2010
8/29/2010
California University of Pennsylvania, California, PA
Booked
9/18/2010
11/14/2010
Little League Museum, Williamsport, PA
Booked
12/4/2010
1/30/2011
Chattanooga African American Museum, TN
Booked
2/19/2011
4/17/2011
Challenger Space Center, Peoria, AZ
Booked
5/7/2011
7/17/2011
El Museo Latino, Omaha, NE
Booked
8/27/2011
10/16/2011
Warrren County Historical Society, Lebanon, OH
Booked
11/5/2011
12/30/2011
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History, Baltimore, MD
Booked
1/21/2012
3/18/2012
Orange County Regional History Museum, Orlando, FL
Booked
4/7/2012
6/3/2012
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, Chicago, IL
Booked

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Related publications

Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente exhibition brochure, 2007. Free

Find out about Clemente's achievements on and off the field. Learn about the integration of Latinos into Major League Baseball with an informative timeline.

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Roberto Clemente brochure

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Press Release

Life of Baseball Hero and Humanitarian Celebrated in New Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition

Media only:    Jennifer Schommer (202) 633-3121 
Public only:     (202) 633-1000

Roberto Clemente Walker (1934-1972) remains a legendary figure in sports, in philanthropy and in the hearts of millions of Puerto Ricans and Americans. With a cannon arm and lightning speed, he was an outstanding baseball player; nevertheless, the Puerto Rico native’s legend reaches beyond the diamond. A new Smithsonian traveling exhibition honors this sports hero and dedicated humanitarian.

Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente opens at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 20, where it will remain on view through Feb. 28, 2008, before continuing on a 20-city national tour through 2012.

Beyond Baseball was developed by the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico with the Carimar Design and Research studio and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. It is complemented by a downloadable bilingual (English and Spanish) podcast (launching in November) and an interactive Web site—www.robertoclemente.si.edu—with a virtual exhibition, children’s activities, lesson plans, biographical highlights and historic photographs. The exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Smithsonian Latino Center.

In his 18 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente earned 12 consecutive Gold Glove Awards, won four batting crowns and amassed 3,000 hits. He was an integral part of the Pirates’ World Series victories in 1960 and 1971. Clemente’s precise and powerful throwing arm earned him acclaim as “the greatest right fielder of all time” by broadcaster Tim McCarver. He also was honored as the National League MVP in 1966 and elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously—the first Latino American to be inducted.

While Clemente rose to stardom with his accomplishments on the field, he never forgot his heritage and the prejudice he had faced. He fought for the recognition of his fellow Latino baseball players; helped people in need across the United States and Central America; and held free baseball clinics for children in his homeland. His charitable work led to the creation of Sports City, an athletic complex in his hometown of Carolina, Puerto Rico, designed to help disadvantaged youth develop athletic skills and prevent illegal drug use.

Tragically, Clemente’s life ended at age 38 in a plane crash; he was flying relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims. In memory of Clemente, the Roberto Clemente Man of the Year Award was established to recognize baseball players who combine outstanding skills on the field with devoted work in the community.

The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, a Smithsonian Affiliate, celebrates Puerto Rico’s centuries-old artistic traditions of painting, sculpture, graphics, ceramics, folk art, photography and contemporary media. The San Juan museum collects, interprets and presents Puerto Rican art in permanent and temporary exhibitions, while fostering awareness of other art traditions from Latin America and the rest of the world.

The Smithsonian Latino Center is dedicated to ensuring that Latino contributions to arts, sciences and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations across the United States.

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and American heritage and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.

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Exhibition Specifications

Tour Itinerary

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Press Release


Video and Podcasts
Clemente Podcast

Spanish-language video

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