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The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player selected for his character and charitable contributions to his community. It is named for Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente, who was killed in a plane crash in 1972 while delivering supplies to victims of the Nicaragua earthquake. It was originally named the "Commissioner's Award" but was renamed after Clemente's untimely death.

Previous winners[]

Year Player Team
1971 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants
1972 Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
1973 Al Kaline Detroit Tigers
1974 Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates
1975 Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals
1976 Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds
1977 Rod Carew Minnesota Twins
1978 Greg Luzinski Philadelphia Phillies
1979 Andre Thornton Cleveland Indians
1980 Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves
1981 Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers
1982 Ken Singleton Baltimore Orioles
1983 Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers
1984 Ron Guidry New York Yankees
1985 Don Baylor New York Yankees
1986 Garry Maddox Philadelphia Phillies
1987 Rick Sutcliffe Chicago Cubs
1988 Dale Murphy Atlanta Braves
1989 Gary Carter New York Mets
1990 Dave Stewart Oakland Athletics
1991 Harold Reynolds Seattle Mariners
1992 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles
1993 Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds
1994 Dave Winfield Minnesota Twins
1995 Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals
1996 Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins¹
1997 Eric Davis Baltimore Orioles
1998 Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs
1999 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
2000 Al Leiter New York Mets
2001 Curt Schilling Arizona Diamondbacks
2002 Jim Thome Cleveland Indians
2003 Jamie Moyer Seattle Mariners
2004 Edgar Martínez Seattle Mariners
2005 John Smoltz Atlanta Braves
2006 Carlos Delgado New York Mets
2007 Craig Biggio Houston Astros
2008 Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

¹ Kirby Puckett retired prior to the 1996 season.

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