Sports bar honoring Clemente renamed 'Club 3000'

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates will change the name of a stadium sports bar from "Club 21" to "Club 3000" to avoid a legal flap.

The Pirates announced last month they planned to rename PNC Park's sports bar from the "Montecristo Club" to "Club 21" in honor of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, who wore No. 21 and played right field. The club overlooks right field.

The proposed name, however, caused an issue with the "21" Club restaurant, a New York City institution and former Prohibition-era speakeasy.

The team announced Tuesday the stadium sports bar will now be called "Club 3000" and include photo displays of Clemente, Honus Wagner and Paul Waner, who are all members of baseball's illustrious 3,000-hit club.

"The Pittsburgh Pirates understood our need to protect the '21' Club trademark and protect the public from confusion. We're happy that the name change for their new sports bar was resolved amicably," said Diana Biederman, spokeswoman for the New York restaurant.

Clemente died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 during a trip to deliver relief supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. He had 3,000 hits in 18 major league seasons.

The team is transforming the former cigar bar, "Montecristo Club," after prohibiting smoking throughout PNC Park because of an Allegheny Countywide ban on public smoking.