Pirates

Vera Clemente hospitalized, in ‘delicate health’

The Pirates released a statement Friday that Vera Clemente, the widow of Hall of Famer and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, was hospitalized and in "delicate health."

"We ask all fans to join our Pirates family in sending thoughts and prayers at this difficult time to Vera and the entire Clemente family," the Pirates tweeted.

Vera serves as the chairwoman of the Roberto Clemente Foundation and is a goodwill ambassador for Major League Baseball. The Roberto Clemente Foundation's focus is on relief efforts for areas stricken by recent disasters and long-term poverty so they can "spread Roberto’s legacy of faith, love, and service to thousands of needy people all over the world."

She was at PNC Park as recently as Sept. 18, when she presented the Roberto Clemente award to this year's Pirates recipient, Trevor Williams.

She and Roberto were married from Nov.14, 1964 through Roberto's passing in Dec. 31, 1972. Together, they had three children: Roberto Clemente Jr., Luis Roberto and Roberto Enrique.

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