Welcome to episode 3 of the Dreaming of Cooperstown Podcast and today’s guest Steve Pindar, Founder of Roberto’s Kids, a non-profit which collects baseball equipment and redistributes it to disadvantaged youth throughout the world. Steve and his wife, Lisa, were inspired by one of baseball’s greatest humanitarian’s, Roberto Clemente.
Roberto Clemente was a native of Puerto Rico who became a baseball legend patrolling the outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1950s, 60s, and early 70s. Clemente was an extraordinary athlete who became the eleventh member of Major League Baseball’s exclusive 3,000 hit club. Clemente won two World Series championships, four National League batting titles, received the Most Valuable Player award, and earned twelve consecutive Gold Gloves on his way to the Hall of Fame.
But, while Roberto Clemente achieved legendary baseball status on the field, to many his greatest legacy is his humanitarian work. By all accounts, Roberto Clemente was a compassionate man who loved people and inspired others through his selfless deeds. Clemente used his baseball fame to advocate for human rights and to help the underprivileged. It was on a humanitarian mission, on New Year’s Eve in 1972, that Clemente, just 38 years old, lost his life when the plane he chartered to deliver supplies to earthquake stricken Nicaragua crashed.
On that day, the hits, the Gold Gloves, the on field accomplishments came to a sudden, albeit Hall of Fame worthy, end. Clemente’s humanitarian efforts, however, would not end. The human spirit does not work that way. And this is how my guest, Steve Pindar, in an effort to continue Roberto Clemente’s legacy, is creating one of his own.
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