Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseballs Last Hero by David MaranissOn New Years Eve 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a heros death, killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver food and medical supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake. David Maraniss now brings the great baseball player brilliantly back to life in Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseballs Last Hero, a book destined to become a modern classic. Much like his acclaimed biography of Vince Lombardi, When Pride Still Mattered, Maraniss uses his narrative sweep and meticulous detail to capture the myth and a real man. Anyone who saw Clemente, as he played with a beautiful fury, will never forget him. He was a work of art in a game too often defined by statistics. During his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he won four batting titles and led his team to championships in 1960 and 1971, getting a hit in all fourteen World Series games in which he played. His career ended with three-thousand hits, the magical three-thousandth coming in his final at-bat, and he and the immortal Lou Gehrig are the only players to have the five-year waiting period waived so they could be enshrined in the Hall of Fame immediately after their deaths.
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Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder who On December 31, , he died in a plane crash while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Clemente joined Puerto Rico's amateur league when he was 16 years old, playing for the Ferdinand Juncos.
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Roberto Clemente was both a remarkable ballplayer and genuine folk hero. On September 30, , Clemente stroked a double off of Mets pitcher Jon Matlack to reach the hit milestone in his final regular season at bat. Some 5, people lost their lives, another 20, were injured and over , were displaced from their homes. Swayed by the time he had just spent in Nicaragua, Clemente coordinated a extraordinary effort to provide emergency supplies to the victims. Even after sending three airplane loads to Managua, there were still supplies that needed to be flown to Nicaragua. Clemente was approached by Arthur Rivera, who offered the services of his DC-7 cargo plane to airlift the remaining relief supplies. By law, Rivera was to provide a pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer.
During the first game of a double-header against the Brooklyn Dodgers , right fielder Roberto Clemente took the field for the first time, kicking off a storied career that he spent entirely in a Pirates uniform. That career was tragically cut short, however, when Clemente was killed on New Year's Eve during a flight to deliver aid packages from his native Puerto Rico to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua. He was born on Aug. Pirates center fielder Earl Smith wore No. Clemente wore No. He did it in a win over the Cubs at Forbes field.
Clemente, Pirates' Star, Dies in Crash Of Plane Carrying Aid to Nicaragua
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He was a legend in life and death, a baseball star, and a symbol of Latin American pride. The first Puerto Rican to achieve baseball stardom, Clemente worked hard at the game. In his 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, "The Great One" proved to be an all-around outstanding player, winning four National League batting titles and leading National League outfielders in assists in four seasons. Clemente was the 11th Major League player to record 3, hits. Clemente's accomplishments raised him to stardom, yet he never forgot his heritage and the prejudice he had faced. He fought for the recognition of his fellow Latino ballplayers, helped people in need across the United States and Central America, and held free baseball clinics for children in his homeland.