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The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team", as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media. It is named for Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente. Originally known as the Commissioner's Award, it has been presented by the MLB since 1971. In 1973, the award was renamed after Clemente following his death in a plane crash while delivering supplies to victims of the Nicaragua earthquake.[1]

Each year, a panel of baseball dignitaries selects 1 player from 30 nominees, one from each club. Teams choose their nominee during the regular season, and the winner is announced at the World Series.[1] The player who receives the most votes online via MLB's official website,, gets one vote in addition to the votes cast by the panel.[1] Since 2007, the Roberto Clemente Award has been presented by Chevy. Chevy donates money and a Chevy vehicle to the national winner's charity of choice and additional money is donated by Chevy to the Roberto Clemente Sports City, a non-profit organization in Carolina, Puerto Rico, designed to provide recreational sports activities for children. Additionally, Chevy donates money to the charity of choice of each of the 30 Club recipients.[1]

The first winner of the award was Willie Mays, and the most recent winner was Derek Jeter. None of the winners have received the award more than once, so far. The first pitcher to win the award was Phil Niekro in 1980, and the first catcher to win the award was Gary Carter in 1989.[1]


Award winners

Year Links to the corresponding Major League Baseball season
1B First baseman
2B Second baseman
3B Third baseman
C Catcher
DH Designated hitter
OF Outfielder
P Pitcher
SS Shortstop
Year Player Team League Position
1971 Mays, WillieWillie Mays San Francisco Giants National OF
1972 Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles American 3B
1973 Kaline, AlAl Kaline Detroit Tigers American OF
1974 Stargell, WillieWillie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates National OF
1975 Brock, LouLou Brock St. Louis Cardinals National OF
1976 Rose, PetePete Rose Cincinnati Reds National 3B
1977 Carew, RodRod Carew Minnesota Twins American 1B
1978 Luzinski, GregGreg Luzinski Philadelphia Phillies National OF
1979 Thornton, AndreAndre Thornton Cleveland Indians American 1B
1980 Niekro, PhilPhil Niekro Atlanta Braves National P
1981 Garvey, SteveSteve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers National 1B
1982 Singleton, KenKen Singleton Baltimore Orioles American DH
1983 Cooper, CecilCecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers American 1B
1984 Guidry, RonRon Guidry New York Yankees American P
1985 Baylor, DonDon Baylor New York Yankees American DH
1986 Maddox, GarryGarry Maddox Philadelphia Phillies National OF
1987 Sutcliffe, RickRick Sutcliffe Chicago Cubs National P
1988 Murphy, DaleDale Murphy Atlanta Braves National OF
1989 Carter, GaryGary Carter New York Mets National C
1990 Stewart, DaveDave Stewart Oakland Athletics American P
1991 Reynolds, HaroldHarold Reynolds Seattle Mariners American 2B
1992 Ripken Jr., CalCal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles American SS
1993 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin Cincinnati Reds National SS
1994 Winfield, DaveDave Winfield Minnesota Twins American DH
1995 Smith, OzzieOzzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals National SS
1996 Puckett, KirbyKirby Puckett Minnesota Twins American OF
1997 Davis, EricEric Davis Baltimore Orioles American OF
1998 Sosa, SammySammy Sosa Chicago Cubs National OF
1999 Gwynn, TonyTony Gwynn San Diego Padres National OF
2000 Leiter, AlAl Leiter New York Mets National P
2001 Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling Arizona Diamondbacks National P
2002 Thome, JimJim Thome Cleveland Indians American 1B
2003 Moyer, JamieJamie Moyer Seattle Mariners American P
2004 Martínez, EdgarEdgar Martínez Seattle Mariners American DH
2005 Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz Atlanta Braves National P
2006 Delgado, CarlosCarlos Delgado New York Mets National 1B
2007 Biggio, CraigCraig Biggio Houston Astros National 2B
2008 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals National 1B
2009 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter New York Yankees American SS

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