On Opening Day at Three Rivers Stadium in front of a record crowd of 51,695, the Pirates retire Roberto Clemente‘s uniform number 21. The Pirate’s 38-year-old right fielder died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Clemente was the NL MVP in 1966, was selected to 12 All-Star teams, won 12 Gold Glove Awards, and lead the NL in batting 4 times (1961, 1964, 1965, and 1967). As good a player as he was, and he was one of the best, he was an even better humanitarian, spending many off-season doing charity work in Puerto Rico, Latin American and Caribbean countries. Major League Baseball also gives out the “Roberto Clemente Award” every year to the Major League Baseball player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team”.