Author(s): The Clemente Family
The story of baseball's first Latino superstar--with photographs throughout
With a swift bat and fierce athleticism, he intimidated major league pitchers for eighteen seasons, compiling 3,000 hits. His legs were among the quickest of his era. His throwing arm was one of the strongest, gunning down base runners from right field with incredible frequency. He would spend a career fighting for respect, and finally achieve it after a historic World Series performance and a second half of a career that would have him mentioned with greats like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle.
But what Puerto Rican-born Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder Roberto Clemente did off the field made him the greatest combination of athlete and humanitarian that ever lived. One of the first athletes who understood how the power of sports could be used to transform not just a handful of lives but many thousands of them, he would die following his heart and conscience by helping others. Clemente was on an aircraft loaded with supplies for an earthquake-stricken Nicaragua when the plane crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Forty years after that tragic day, the widow and sons of this regal athlete and consummate humanitarian open up for the first time about the husband and father they lost. Featuring an extensive array of rare and never-before-seen photos of Roberto Clemente on the field and off, the powerful memoir tells his story from the voice of those who knew him best.