Clemente’s widow dies at age 81

Vera Clemente, the widow of Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, has died, the team announced Saturday. She was 81.

Vera Clemente was considered by many in the industry to be a strong ambassador for the sport.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Vera Clemente,” Bob Nutting, Pirates Chairman of the Board said. “Vera epitomized grace, dignity and strength in the wake of heartbreaking tragedy and loss. Vera was an amazing ambassador for the Pirates organization, our city, the game of baseball and their beloved Puerto Rico. It is with very heavy hearts that we send our condolences to Roberto Jr., Luis, Enrique and the entire Clemente family. May they find comfort in knowing that Vera and Roberto are together once again.”

Vera Clemente was always on hand each year for the presentation of the Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team. The 2019 winner was pitcher Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians for his work with children with cancer.