Major League Baseball and Chevrolet have announced the names of the 30 Club finalists for the 2007 Roberto Clemente Award. The national award is given annually to the player who combines outstanding skills on the baseball field with devoted work in the community. Wednesday is the sixth annual Roberto Clemente Day.
The Award is named for the 12-time
All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972
while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in
- To promote awareness, provide hope and meet tangible needs for families and children who live with Down syndrome.
- To provide extraordinary experiences for children with disabilities and/or life threatening illnesses.
- To improve the standard of living and quality of life for impoverished children in the Dominican Republic through education, medical relief and tangible goods.
Fans can participate in the selection process of the national winner. From now through October 5th, fans can log on to mlb.com/chevy21 to vote. The fan winner will be tallied as one vote among those cast by the selection panel, which includes Vera Clemente, wife of the late Hall of Famer, and Commissioner Bud Selig. The winner will be announced during Game Three of the 2007 World Series.