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Delgado wins Roberto Clemente Award

Oct. 24, 2006 at 7:53 PM   |   Comments

HOUSTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- New York Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado has been named the 2006 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

The award is given annually to the player who combines outstanding play on the field with devoted work in the community.

The award is named after former player Roberto Clemente, who died Dec. 31, 1972, during a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Five years ago, Delgado started a foundation called Extra Bases, to which he's personally donated $500,000. The non-profit program benefits a Puerto Rican based charity that was founded to assist underprivileged and deserving youngsters in the community and abroad.

This past year, Delgado also sponsored two, four-year college scholarships. In addition, he sponsored trips to New York City for the top students in Puerto Rico.

Delgado also donated money to the cause by home runs he hit. For every homer, he, along with corporate sponsors, donated, $2,400 to Extra Bases.

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