Roberto Clemente’s three bats

Roberto Clemente got his 3,000th hit in the the last game he played in and then died in a plane crash 3 months later. This story is pretty great and it’s about the bat he used to get that hit. Well, the three bats he used. Or maybe used.

Objects have stories, too. Puzzles that need to be solved. Like a pair of baseball bats, for instance, that each passed through Roberto Clemente’s hands before they passed through my father’s. One hung on my bedroom wall throughout my childhood. The other is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Roberto Clemente’s three bats