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by Mr North Jersey
9/27/2010-8:35pm at 8:35 pm (UTC -4)
Mr N, even though I am a plain old white guy, black and Latin players have made up most of my favorites since I was a kid.
I remember reading about Clemente as a 6-year old when he died heroically. I remember reading about how he got his 3000th hit against the Mets and Jon Matlack, and how he boarded a rickety plane on New Year’s Eve and lent his presence and celebrity to bringing relief to victims of another natural disaster in Nicaragua. Previous flights of relief goods had been stolen by the vile Somoza government and Clemente went along fearlessly hoping to ensure that his flight’s bounty would reach its rightful recipients.
When combining his amazing on-field offense and defense (four batting titles in a pitchers’ era and 12 Gold Gloves and FIVE years with 22+ OF assists!) and his selfless charitable nature, Clemente was one of the greatest players and greatest human beings in the history of the game.
9/27/2010-8:49pm at 8:49 pm (UTC -4)
I have never seen this Biography before but it provides an interesting look at what it was to be who he was at that time. I would hope some of today’s latino players could watch this to see how far baseball has come in hopes they appreciate just how lucky they are.
I only wish I could find more Biographies on Great MLB Players of the past to post links to.
9/27/2010-10:10pm at 10:10 pm (UTC -4)
I think that is why, as a kid, I was so very attracted to Clemente and Aaron and Jackie Robinson; not just their ability, but what they had to endure.
I am so very lucky that even though I grew up in nice NJ/NC suburbs my parents encouraged me in the direction of kids’ biographies of Clemente and Aaron and Jackie who remain among my favorite humans of all-time, and what the Latino and black players of the 50s and 60s had to endure makes them enduring heroes to me.
You are so right.
3/9/2013-3:11pm at 3:11 pm (UTC -4)
As Puerto Rican I knew about how great Roberto Clemente was but recentley while reading his biography I learnd what a great human being he was .I am so proud to Im Puerto Rican.
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