'Roberto Clemente' (2017) by Reynerio Tamayo -- The 'Cuban Slugger' Exhibit at Arena Stage SW Washington (DC) July 2018
Roberto Clemente (August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be enshrined. His untimely death established the precedent that, as an alternative to the five-year retirement period, a player who has been deceased for at least six months is eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame.
Clemente was an All-Star for twelve seasons, playing in fifteen All-Star Games. He was the NL Most Valuable Player in 1966, the NL batting leader in 1961, 1964, 1965, and 1967, and a Gold Glove Award winner for twelve consecutive seasons from 1961 through 1972. His batting average was over .300 for thirteen seasons and he had 3,000 hits during his major league career. He also played in two World Series championships. Clemente is the first Latin American and Caribbean player to help win a World Series as a starter (1960), to receive an NL MVP Award (1966), and to receive a World Series MVP Award (1971).
Clemente was married in 1964; he and his wife had three children. He was involved in charity work in Latin American and Caribbean countries during the off-seasons, often delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need. On December 31, 1972, he died in a plane crash while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He was 38 years old."
Per Broadway World (Washington, DC) of May 23, 2018:
"Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in SW Washington (DC) will host "Cuban Slugger," an exhibition of Cuban artist Reynerio Tamayo.
Coinciding with the All-Star Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., "Cuban Slugger" is presented from July 11-29, 2018 in the main lobby at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.
In collaboration with The Rodríguez Collection and the Caribbean Educational & Baseball Foundation (CEBF), Arena Stage is proud to present "Cuban Slugger," an exhibition of Cuban artist Reynerio Tamayo featuring over 35 pieces of art.
Launched in July 2017, in conjunction with the All-Star Game in Miami, "Cuban Slugger" was shown at the Kendall Art Center, sponsored by The Rodríguez Collection and curated by Henry Ballate. This exhibition, which began at the Galería Habana in Cuba, continues its journey and is presented, revised and updated at Arena Stage for art lovers, baseball fans and the public."
In Tamayo’s art shown above, Roberto Clemente is the heart of the Puerto Rican national baseball team, the Great One appearing in a recent vintage of the Puerto Rican team’s uniform.