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Dodgers News: Kershaw, Turner to Honor Roberto Clemente Day Tonight in SF

Roberto Clemente Day was yesterday, September 15, but since the Dodgers had the day off, they will be celebrating the day during tonight’s game with the Giants in San Francisco.

As part of that celebration, the entire Dodgers team will be wearing a patch with Clemente’s number 21 on their sleeves, and both Clayton Kershaw and Justin Turner will actually wear number 21 during the game.

Kershaw won the Roberto Clemente Award back in 2012 for his work with his wife, Ellen, on their Kershaw’s Challenge charity. As a former winner of the award, Kershaw has been wearing a 21 patch on his hat all season.

Turner is the Dodgers’ 2022 nominee for the award, his fifth time as L.A.’s honoree. He and his wife, Kourtney, run the Justin Turner Foundation, a charity “whose mission is to support homeless veterans, children (and their families) battling life-altering illnesses and diseases and various youth baseball organizations,” according to its website.

September 15 was designated as Roberto Clemente Day 20 years ago, with the date chosen in part to coincide with the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, the annual U.S. observance celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Latin American citizens.

Clemente was a Hall of Famer on the field, reaching the 3,000-hit milestone at the end of the 1972 season. He was tragically killed in a New Year’s Eve airplane crash that year while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973 when the Hall changed its rules to waive the five-year wait after a player’s career ended.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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