Honing his already-impressive skills in 1959, Roberto Clemente was the main attraction at his club’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, Florida. As the Bucs roster took shape for the upcoming campaign, Clemente wore this Pittsburgh Pirates batting helmet. The black plastic shell features a yellow “P” logo painted to the front center. Leather-covered foam rubber padding lines the interior circumference, while a foam rubber cell and the remains of a vintage “American Baseball Cap” size designator decal are adhered atop the crown’s interior. The item shows heavy wear with a small chip on the edge of the bill, as well as scuff marks throughout and a vintage black marker notation of Clemente's since-retired number "21" on the interior crown pad. The item was obtained by a non-roster invitee that spring, who retrieved the helmet when Clemente had tossed it to the ground in disgust (even Clemente had a bad day every once in a while). Accompanying is an LOA from the original recipient, Rich Sojka, attesting to it's provenance.
For an article showing the recipient as a non-roster invitee to the Pirates, click the link below (the article is found just below the image of the football players):
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