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Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    A true hero who played the game of baseball

    One of the best bios writen. The pages of the book brought this man, this hero (Clemente) to life again. The essence foundin this book, defines what a hero is and ought to be

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    I grew up in NE. PA, listening to the Pirates on the KDKA and wa

    I grew up in NE. PA, listening to the Pirates on the KDKA and watching them on the occasional "Game of the Week" on Saturdays. I have always been a Clemente fan. Despite what the press of the time said and felt about him, I always felt that he was a class act and in a league of his own. The Maraniss book is probably the best I have read on Clemente, reminding me of what it was like to grow up in that moment in history. Clemente is one of the great "what if's" in baseball - it would have been interesting to see what other records he would have set in his remaining years in baseball; however, God needed him more........

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  • Posted April 17, 2009

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    Best Book Ever!!!!

    Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero is a great book about the life of my hero, Roberto Clemente. It tells of his life growing up in Carolina, Puerto Rico in a poor Latin home with many family members. It also tells of when the city got the news that their own Roberto was going to be one of the first Hispanic players in the Major Leagues. You can read about the American's reactions to the hard throwing outfielder and the struggles he had with segregation in the states.

    Clemente was a special man. He was so special that he has an award named after him. In this special book you can follow his whole life. You will be with him through the good times and through the bad. You can here some of the funny anecdotes that went with this serious, silent man, too.

    My least favorite part, but possibly the most important part of the book is when he dies. You will read of the countless searches for his body and what they think crashed the plane. You can even read the rare story of how his team mate Manny Sanguillen volunteered to search the shark infested waters for his body. As many of you know though, they never found his body. They only found a sock left.

    This an amazing book for all ages young and old. I would advise everyone in the world to read this book at least once. If this story doesn't touch and amaze you, there is something wrong. Go out and buy this wonderful book about Baseballs Last Great Hero.

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