Roberto Clemente's family is pursuing legal action against the auction house that is selling off pieces of the plane in which the baseball Hall of Famer died.
Lelands auction house is selling a light metal piece of the airplane and a gray steel propeller. The auction, which includes 28 Clemente-related items, is to end June 24. The New York Times first reported the story on its Web site Saturday night.
Clemente died on Dec. 31, 1972, when the DC-7 he was on crashed after takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The plane was headed to Nicaragua with supplies for earthquake victims.
Roberto Clemente Jr. said in a statement that the family "will not tolerate anyone trying to benefit from my father's passing."
"My father dedicated his entire life to helping those who needed it most," Clemente Jr. said. "Whether it was giving 150 percent on the baseball diamond and building a foundation for future generations of Latin baseball players in America, or by traveling around the world offering inspiration and humanitarian aid to people of all races and colors, he was always looking out for others.
"The Clemente family simply will not tolerate anyone trying to benefit from my father's passing, and we are currently pursuing aggressive legal action to ensure something like this never happens again."
The light metal piece, measuring 19 by 14 inches at its largest point, has a minimum auction price of $1,500. The propeller, 14 by 79 inches, has a minimum price of $1,000. The high bid for the first piece is $1,650 and the high for the second is $1,210.
* BUSINESS: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver were still negotiating about the mayor's proposal for a $2 billion stadium yesterday, the day before a rescheduled vote on the project.
"My concern is the future of downtown, the future of Ground Zero, the 24 million square feet of commercial space that are part of the West Side complex and how that competes with the redevelopment of downtown," Silver said after ducking out of an awards breakfast for a private meeting with Bloomberg.
Asked about Silver's comments, Bloomberg said, "I will do everything I can to rebuild Lower Manhattan but I also have a responsibility for other parts of the city."
The stadium on Manhattan's West Side would serve as a home for the New York Jets and the 2012 Olympics, should the city win its bid to host the games. The Public Authorities Control Board's vote on $300 million in state funding for the project was postponed for a second time Friday and rescheduled for today, the same day an International Olympic Committee evaluation of the city's bid for the Games becomes public.
The 114 voting IOC members will select a 2012 host city on July 6, choosing from New York, Paris, London, Moscow and Madrid.
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In Africa, a pair of 2002 World Cup teams struggled. Nigeria was held to a 1-1 tie at Rwanda, and Senegal played a 0-0 tie at Congo Republic.
* HIGH SCHOOLS: Homer (Mich.) High School broke the national record for the longest winning streak in high school baseball, winning its 71st straight game.
Homer won two games Saturday to move past the mark of 70 set by La Cueva, N.M., a record set this season and recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
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