Guide to Conversation with Roberto Clemente Recording, October 8, 1972 AIS.2000.17

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections
Conversation with Roberto Clemente Recording
Collection Number
October 8, 1972
2.0 items (1 record album; 1 standard audio cassette)
Recording of the first and only television interview of famed Pittsburgh Pirate, Roberto Clemente. The interview was conducted by WIIC-TV Sports Director Sam Nover on October 8, 1972.

Preferred Citation

Conversation with Roberto Clemente Recording, AIS.2000.17, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Roberto Clemente was born August 18, 1934 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Clemente began his baseball career in Puerto Rico playing for Santurce Crabbers in the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League. The Brooklyn Dodgers drafted him in 1952 to play for the Montreal Royals a Triple-A team. In 1954, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates where he would become, over the course of 18 seasons, one of the most revered baseball players of all time. His accomplishments include 12 Golden Gloves, a lifetime batting average of .317, and over 3,000 hits.

In addition to his prowess on the baseball field, Clemente was known for his humanitarian efforts such as visiting children in hospitals when the Pirates traveled. His efforts extended in 1972 to Managua, Nicaragua, which had been devastated by an earthquake. After successive attempts to send aid to the victims, Clemente discovered that his sponsored aid had been stolen by the Samoza government. To ensure that it was delivered, he decided to travel along with the supplies. However, with Clemente aboard, the plane crashed on December 31, 1972 while attempting to deliver the much needed supplies. There were no survivors.

Clemente was married to Vera Cristina Zabala and had three sons, Roberto Jr., Luis Roberto and Roberto Enrique. The Pittsburgh Pirates retired his number, 21, and made the right field wall in PNC Park 21 feet tall in his honor.

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Scope and Content Notes

The interview was conducted with Sam Nover, Sports Director of WIIC-TV (now WPXI), and covers topics such as Clemente's youth, his life as a ballplayer, his family, discrimination, and humanitarian efforts.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, December 23, 2010

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Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


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Acquisition Information

Gift of Debora Rougeux in 2000.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Interviews
  • Sound recordings

Personal Name(s)

  • Clemente, Roberto, 1934-1972 -- Interviews
  • Nover, Sam


  • Baseball players -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh -- Interviews
  • Ethnic groups
  • Sports -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Original interview captured on 33-1/3 record album. Archives Service Center transferred the audio content to audio cassette which requires the use of an audiotape player for listening (available in the Archives Service Center).

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Previous Citation

Conversation with Roberto Clemente Recording, AIS.2000.17, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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