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Presented is the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates World Champions watch awarded to Roberto Clemente by the team, the culmination of a stellar season from the Pirates’ MVP. Clemente collected 12 hits in 29 at-bats, while batting .414 in the World Series, one of the most exceptional performances ever. The watch commemorates the Pirate’s second World Series title since Bill Mazeroski’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World (1960), and the dethroning of the defending World Champion Baltimore Orioles. The watch itself is gold, displaying the team logo of the Pittsburgh Pirates and “World Champions 1971” on the face. Stamped, “Certified 40953” on verso. Band is leather and suede underneath. Overall EX. Clemente handed over this sentimental timepiece to his close friend, Ramiro Martinez, two days following the World Series. Little did anyone know that just 14 months after this moment of glory, the Great One would be tragically taken from this world. Most importantly, the World Championship watch is accompanied by an LOA from Ramiro Martinez, written in Spanish, attesting to the circumstances under which he came to own it. Roughly translates: “This watch was a gift from Roberto Clemente to Ramiro in the lobby of the Sheraton Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA., two days following the World Series where Roberto was elected the Most Valuable Player. Roberto came to the Sheraton to say hello to his friends who were staying at that hotel 5-23-91.” Also comes with a photo of Martinez holding the watch.
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