Naming a street after an iconic figure is hardly something new in American culture. Naming a street after an iconic figure who played for your division rivals however, could be touchy territory.
Amy Worden of the Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau reports that the Philadelphia State House passed a bill that would rename a block in North Philly “Roberto Clemente Way.” The Hall of Famer Clemente played for the cross-state rival Pittsburgh Pirates for 18 years, but several representatives and senators say that Clemente’s legacy transcends his uniform.
Even the Phillies’ VP of Communications Bonnie Clark says that the honor would go without issue.
While he might have played for the Pirates, Roberto Clemente exemplified the best of the best in the game. His commitment to baseball, his sportsmanship, and his passion and commitment to serving the community were beyond admirable. Naming a street after him in Philadelphia further demonstrates how his impact continues to transcend borders.
The street in question is the 100 block of West Erie Avenue. It passes directly in front of Roberto Clemente Middle School.