Each year on January 1st at Bridgeport's Seaside Park, fans of Roberto Celemente celebrate his life and achievements. Th event takes place at noon on the site of the granite memorial
Roberto Clemente Walker (August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Major League Baseball right fielder and right-handed batter. He was elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973 as the second Hispanic American to be selected (Lefty Gomez being the first in 1972), and the only exception to the mandatory five-year post-retirement waiting period since it was instituted in 1954. He is well-known for being the only player to have ever scored a walk-off inside-the-park grand slam.
Clemente was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, the youngest of four children. He played 18 seasons in the majors from 1955 to 1972, all with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the National League MLB Most Valuable Player Award in 1966. He was very helpful in his native land and in other Latin American countries, often bringing baseball supplies and food to them. He died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. His body was never recovered.