A Paley Tribute to Roberto Clemente: The Legend of #21

September 15 to October 29, 2023
Wednesdays to Sundays, 12:00 to 6:00 pm
The Paley Museum, 25 W 52 Street, NYC

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an exhibit at The Paley Museum marking the 50th anniversary of Roberto Clemente's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Witness the defining moments of Clemente's magnificent career as you delve into a collection of rare photographs, stirring videos, and authentic artifacts. 
Beyond his on-field achievements, Clemente's profound influence reached far and wide. Leveraging his fame, he instilled hope and inspired change in underserved communities worldwide, leaving behind a lasting legacy as a compassionate humanitarian that continues to motivate us decades after his historic career.
This exhibit begins when you enter Forbes Field, the ballpark where the great Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder played from 1955 to 1970. It pays homage to Roberto Clemente's extraordinary life, presenting a compelling timeline that traces his journey from humble beginnings to his posthumous induction into the hallowed halls of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  


PHOTO: Courtesy MLB

On Display


ORIGINAL ARTIFACTSIncluding a game-used Clemente helmet and autographed bat; original Pittsburgh Pirates Pennants from 1960 and 1971; Clemente in pop culture, from action figures to cereal boxes and Jello, and much more. 
INSTAGRAM MOMENTS—Take your seat—and your picture! Experience a piece of baseball history by capturing photos while sitting in an actual seat from Three Rivers Stadium, where Clemente played from 1970 to 1972, and snap a picture of a true treasure of baseball history, an original seat from Forbes Field. Whether you're a die-hard fan, a history enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique experience, getting photos of seats from these iconic stadiums are Instagram-worthy moments you won't want to miss.
SCREENINGS —Step into the Second Floor Theater and immerse yourself in a curated selection of documentaries celebrating the incredible life and career of Roberto Clemente, along with the enduring impact of Latino players on the realm of Major League Baseball. A theme of these documentaries is how the indomitable Clemente overcame racism and social tensions to become one of the dominant players of his era, as well as a humanitarian fighting for equal justice for all. Watching these documentaries, you will understand why Roberto Clemente remains an inspiration to athletes everywhere
ARTS AND CRAFTS—🎨 Inspire your child's imagination with our arts and crafts activities influenced by the legendary Roberto Clemente. From designing their own Clemente jerseys by adding vibrant colors to captivating coloring pages featuring the baseball icon, your children can explore, create, and celebrate the legacy of this true hero in a fun and interactive way.  

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A Paley Tribute to Roberto Clemente

Friday, September 15 to Sunday, October 29, 2023
Second Floor Theater


Roberto Clemente was one of baseball’s all-time most accomplished and electrifying players, as well as an icon to Hispanic athletes everywhere. In conjunction with the exhibition The Paley Center’s Salute to Roberto Clemente: The Legend of #21, we are pleased to screen five documentaries that explore the achievements and activism of a complex and thoughtful athlete. A theme of all these documentaries is how the indomitable Clemente overcame racism and social tensions to become one of the dominant players of his era, as well as a humanitarian fighting for equal justice for all. Watching these documentaries, you will understand why Roberto Clemente remains an inspiration to athletes everywhere.

12:30 pm, 4:25 pm 

ESPN Classic: SportsCentury: Roberto Clemente 

This ESPN report deftly uses archival footage and interviews to give an overview of Clemente’s magnificent career, stating unequivocally that the Latino icon was never fully appreciated during his lifetime. Pittsburgh writers speak of the cultural and language barriers that Clemente overcame, theorizing why his achievements were minimized during his playing days. The film also explores Clemente’s growing confidence in speaking to the media, often delivering part of his comments in Spanish to send a message to family and friends in Puerto Rico. (2002)

12:55 pm, 4:50 pm 

ESPN Perfiles: Roberto Clemente

This ESPN profile, hosted by Ernesto Jerez, looks at Clemente’s remarkable career as part of the first Latino wave in play in the major leagues. Such baseball greats as San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Tony Perez, and Minnesota Twins infielder Rod Carew talk about Clemente’s impact on Latino players and his enduring legacy. In Spanish with English subtitles. (2007)

1:20 pm, 5:15 pm


Narrated by Jimmy Smits, this engaging documentary produced for FOX Sports focuses on the challenges of Roberto Clemente who was the first Latin superstar to break into American consciousness, while remaining an enigma to many fans. Baseball icons Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson discuss how Clemente battled racism, later becoming a political activist fighting for the equal rights and justice. (1998)

2:05 pm 

Beisbol: The Latin Game 

This illuminating MLB documentary, narrated by Esai Morales, tells how an ever-growing number of baseball players born in the Caribbean, as well as Central and South America, have become a significant force in the Major League Baseball. Baseball historians discuss how the first wave of Latino players, including Roberto Clemente, suffered racial tension and social injustice even after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. The film shows how Hispanic players who followed, including Fernando Valenzuela, Ivan Rodriguez, and Mariano Rivera, achieved baseball superstardom. (2007)

3:30 pm

American Experience: Roberto Clemente

Directed by Bernardo Ruiz and narrated by Jimmy Smits for PBS’s American Experience, this documentary is an in-depth look at an exceptional baseball player and committed humanitarian who challenged racial discrimination to become baseball’s first Latino superstar. Featuring interviews with Pulitzer Prize–winning authors David Maraniss and George F. Will, Clemente’s wife Vera, Baseball Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda, and former teammates, the documentary presents an intimate and revealing portrait of a man whose passion and grace made him a legend. (2008)



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Diversity and Inclusion Programming Initiative Donors

The Paley Center thanks the donors who have contributed to the Diversity and Inclusion Programming Initiative:

A Few Good Women Productions
AMC Networks
Apple, Inc.
Banijay & Endemol Shine Holdings
Berlanti Productions
CBS / Paramount+
Condé Nast Entertainment
End of Episode Productions
FOX Entertainment
FTI Consulting
FX Networks & FX Productions
GroupM North America
HBO / Max Content
Isaac Lee / EXILE Content
Lionsgate Television Group
Mary Parent
MGMPlus Entertainment LLC
NBCUniversal Television and Streaming
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network & OTT Streaming
Paramount Global
Peter Rice
Phillip Sun, M88
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Tyler Perry Studios
Warner Bros. Television Group

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