Each year, Major League Baseball presents the Roberto Clemente Award to recognize the player who best represents the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
The award was created in 1971 as the Commissioner's Award, and in 1973, it was renamed in honor of Roberto Clemente, the Hall of Famer, 15-time All-Star and great humanitarian who died on Dec. 31, 1972, during a mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Each of the 30 Major League Clubs nominates one player for the award, and each local nominee receives a donation from Major League Baseball Charities to his charity of choice.
The distinguished list of past national Roberto Clemente Award winners includes 16 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Anthony Rizzo received the award in 2017.
From Hall of Famer Willie Mays in 1971 to the present, take a look back at the all-time winners of the Roberto Clemente Award. Previous Winners »
One of the great athletes and humanitarians of all-time, Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente's legacy endures to this day. Read Clemente's Bio »