Clemente and the magic of 21

The Puerto Rican legend inspires many 40 years after his death

Updated: December 31, 2012, 12:04 PM ET
By Hiram Martinez | ESPN Deportes

If Earl Smith had had a more or less adequate career in the major leagues, maybe PNC Park's right field wall would stand 13 feet high. Smith, who debuted as a 27-year-old center fielder in 1955, was the last player to wear No. 21 on the Pittsburgh Pirates' roster before Roberto Clemente. The Puerto Rican player, a rookie, began the 1955 season wearing No. 13, but he chose No. 21 (which was the number of letters in his full name, Roberto Clemente Walker) when Smith was returned to the ...

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