Monday, August 10, 2009

75th- Roberto Clemente

Seventy-five years ago August 18, 1934, was the day that a right fielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates was born, Roberto Clemente. He died in a plane crash in 1972 while delivering supplies for Nicaraguan earthquake survivors. He is considered to have opened the door for Hispanic players in Major League Baseball, much as Jackie Robinson did for African Americans. Clemente has been the subject of numerous books, articles and documentaries. We have the David Maraniss’ book “Clemente” that tells of the passion and grace of baseball’s last hero.

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