Burgos: Justino Clemente’s history lesson at the Hall of Fame

From SABR member Adrian Burgos Jr. at La Vida Baseball on October 2, 2018:

Although a statue of his late brother is prominently featured at the entrance of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Justino Clemente had been hesitant about making a pilgrimage to Cooperstown, N.Y.

Justino, who is seven years older than the Great One, had long grieved his brother Roberto’s death. For that reason, he had balked at the opportunity to visit the place where all the baseball immortals are celebrated.

Until this past weekend, Justino Clemente, 91, had considered that a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame would be like revisiting the death of his brother. As it turned out, though, Justino found out on Saturday that a part of him had already been in Cooperstown with many of his legendary brother’s baseball artifacts.

When Justino began looking at the first contract Roberto Clemente signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers the visitor became the historian.

Read the full article here: https://www.lavidabaseball.com/justino-clemente-hof-visit/

Originally published: October 4, 2018. Last Updated: October 4, 2018.