ST. LOUIS — Boston’s David Ortiz has won this year’s Roberto Clemente award, given annually to a major league player who gives back through community service and also excels on the field.
Ortiz is the second straight Red Sox player to win the honor, announced Thursday before Game 2 of the World Series. Pitcher Tim Wakefield won last year.
Clemente was a Hall of Fame right fielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while trying to deliver food and relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He finished his career with exactly 3,000 hits.