Pujols 2007 Roberto Clemente Award Finalist

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is a 2007 finalist for a national community-focused award named after the late Hall-of-Famer Roberto Clemente.

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet have announced the names of the 30 Club finalists for the 2007 Roberto Clemente Award. The national award is given annually to the player who combines outstanding skills on the baseball field with devoted work in the community. Wednesday is the sixth annual Roberto Clemente Day.


The Award is named for the 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The award reminds us of Clemente's memory and character by recognizing current-day players who truly understand the value of helping others.


The St. Louis Cardinals' 2007 nominee is first baseman Albert Pujols. The mission statement of the Pujols Family Foundation says it all:


- To promote awareness, provide hope and meet tangible needs for families and children who live with Down syndrome.


- To provide extraordinary experiences for children with disabilities and/or life threatening illnesses.


- To improve the standard of living and quality of life for impoverished children in the Dominican Republic through education, medical relief and tangible goods.


Fans can participate in the selection process of the national winner. From now through October 5th, fans can log on to mlb.com/chevy21 to vote. The fan winner will be tallied as one vote among those cast by the selection panel, which includes Vera Clemente, wife of the late Hall of Famer, and Commissioner Bud Selig. The winner will be announced during Game Three of the 2007 World Series.

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