(BaseballStL) -- It’s been a postseason of ‘firsts’ for Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran, who is appearing in his first World Series in his 16-year career.
Now Beltran can add a first career achievement, the Roberto Clemente Award which is given to the major league player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field.
The award, which was first awarded to Willie May in 1971, pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who understand the value of helping others.
It is named for the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972. Clemente was en route to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Carlos and his wife, Jessica, founded the Carlos Beltran Foundation to help young people to achieve their own dreams through sports and education. As part of the Foundations’ efforts, the Beltrans opened the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico, which he has donated more than $4 million to and attended the academy’s first graduation ceremony this summer.