By Benjamin Laun
Photography: Ben Petchel

Lawrenceville’s Roberto Clemente Museum held its first-ever open house, allowing more than 500 guests to browse the world’s largest exhibited collection of baseball artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs, memorabilia, and related materials that focus on “The Great One,” his teammates, his personal life, and his humanitarian causes. Special guests included Mayor Bill Peduto, Manny Sanguillén, and MLB bat magnate Jack Marucci. The food trucks staffing the Open House would have made the legendary player proud — Franktuary provided hotdogs, quintessential American baseball fare, while Aponte’s Latin Flava heated things up with the flavors of Clemente’s Puerto Rican heritage. As a nonprofit, the Roberto Clemente Museum is normally only open by appointment for guided tours, making this event an exclusive treat. The museum aims to become more accessible to the Pittsburgh community and hopes to hold more of these events throughout the year. Curator Duane Rieder says, “We are excited about this opportunity to raise awareness in the community about this unique Pittsburgh landmark that showcases the life, spirit, and achievements of Roberto Clemente.”


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