Sunday, July 25, 2010

Beautiful bridge

The Roberto Clemente Bridge connects downtown Pittsburgh with beautiful PNC Ballpark. This self-anchored suspension bridge across the Allegheny River was opened in 1928. It was renamed on August 6, 1998. Clemente had a hall of fame career with the Pirates, but was also renowned for his philanthropic work. He died in a plane crash in 1972, on the way to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Speaking of Cooperstown, any fan who has recently attended a baseball game will find it amazing that Clemente was the first Latin American player to be elected (in 1973 - the only player for whom the 5 year waiting period after retirement has ever been waived).

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