Roberto Clemente Museum Launches National Campaign to Retire 21 Petition Calls on MLB to Make 21 Second Number Retired
Across Teams

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#MLB–The Roberto Clemente Museum, in partnership with Pittsburgh-based
advertising agency MARC USA, has launched a national grassroots petition
campaign to retire number 21 across Major League Baseball.

Roberto Clemente wore 21 for his 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates,
from 1955 until his untimely death on New Year’s Eve 1972 in a plane
crash on a mission to bring supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.

Clemente left an indelible mark on Major League Baseball with both his
outstanding skill on the field and his humanitarian efforts off the
field. He batted over .300 for 13 seasons and had 3,000 career hits,
earning 12 trips to the All-Star game and four Gold Gloves. He also
worked tirelessly to win recognition for Latin American players and help
children through sports programs.

He received numerous accolades during his baseball career and was the
first Latin American player inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. He
posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Major
League Baseball also created an annual award in his name.

Now is the right time to make 21 only the second number retired across
the Major Leagues. In the 45 years since Roberto’s death, many younger
fans no longer know his story – one that demonstrates the best of Major
League Baseball and sets a shining example for all.

Fans across the country can send a strong message to Major League
Baseball by signing the petition to Retire 21.

The campaign heats up at the MLB All-Star game in Miami on July 11 where
volunteers will be outside the Marlins Park with iPads making it easy
for fans to sign the petition. The Retire 21 campaign will visit
other ballparks in July and August.

“We’re inviting active and retired players, the media and everyone who
loves baseball to join the campaign, sign the online petition and spread
the word through social media and word of mouth,” said Tony Nieves,
president of MARCA, a Miami-based agency affiliate with MARC USA. “We
hope to have at least 100,000 signatures by Roberto’s birthday on August

For more information about Retire 21, call Henry Gomez, Director
of Strategy at MARCA: 305-788-4766 or


Marca Hispanic, LLC
Henry Gomez, 305-788-4766
Director of
Strategy MARCA