Roberto Clemente: The Great One

Roberto Clemente: The Great One

by Bruce Markusen
     
 

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Thirty-five years ago, Roberto Clemente made baseball history when he became the first Latin American to enter the Hall of Fame. Roberto Clemente: The Great One evaluates one of the game’s most dynamic players and perhaps its most selfless humanitarian. From modest beginnings in Carolina, Puerto Rico, to a legendary career with the Pittsburgh…  See more details below

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Thirty-five years ago, Roberto Clemente made baseball history when he became the first Latin American to enter the Hall of Fame. Roberto Clemente: The Great One evaluates one of the game’s most dynamic players and perhaps its most selfless humanitarian. From modest beginnings in Carolina, Puerto Rico, to a legendary career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, to his tragically premature death in a plane crash, Roberto Clemente remains one of baseball’s most compelling characters. Interviews with teammates Willie Stargell and Al Oliver, former major league commissioner Bowie Kuhn, and close friends of Clemente lend insight into his character and contributions. Markusen successfully analyzes the cultural misunderstandings between Clemente and his audience as well as the struggles and hardships he and other Latin American players endured during that era. Regardless, he is a key example of how athletes can be more than just a source of entertainment. Undoubtedly, Clemente was never give the national exposure he deserved until the 1971 World Series, and subsequently his death in 1972 not only cut short a tremendous career but also deprived the world of more humanitarian efforts to those in need. The Great One fully examines Clemente’s legacy, which he developed at a time of unprecedented success for Latin American players.

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Editorial Reviews

Post-Journal
There have been plenty of books written about Pittsburgh Pirates hall-of-famer Roberto Clemente, but one of the best I've read is Roberto Clemente: The Great One.
Utica Observer-Dispatch
...well worth the time...After reading Markusen's book, any misunderstandings about Clemente are easily explained. All that's left is the legacy.
Sports Illustrated
Puerto Rico's most celebrated athlete is affectionately portrayed...
Sports Collectors Digest
...picks up on the details that good biographies uncover...a fine account that corrects many of the myths and false assumptions surrounding the life of The Great One.
Baseball Weekly
...clears up a number of misconceptions about Clemente."
Library Journal
No full-scale biography of Roberto Clemente has been written since shortly after his untimely death in 1972, and one is needed to place his life and achievements in perspective. Unfortunately, this is not the unbiased biography the great Pittsburgh Pirate deserves. Markusen (Baseball's Last Dynasty, LJ 5/15/98) presents a comprehensive life of the baseball superstar, making good use of published works and interviewing many of Clemente's friends and teammates. But Markusen writes like a cheerleader throughout, never including anything negative about his subject. Clemente comes across as aloof, more respected than liked by teammates and opponents. While undoubtedly a victim of 1950s and 1960s racism, Clemente had a self-confidence that could easily be mistaken for egotism in the media. Perhaps the balance of the book would have benefitted by a closer examination of Clemente's relationships with Danny Murtaugh, a manager he did not get along with, and teammates such as Elroy Face. Recommended only for comprehensive baseball collections.--William O. Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781613213483
Publisher:
Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
534,216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

Doug Muder
The baseball card lying in the case read "Bob" Clemente. The dealer was asking $5. And even though my father thought the price was a bit steep for a 1969 piece of cardboard, he forked over the money so I could grab a piece of history. It was the first real baseball card I ever owned. That was 1982, before the baseball card market really caught fire. Sixteen years later, that Clemente card is worth nearly $50. The memories, however, are priceless. So when a copy of Bruce Markusen's new book, Roberto Clemente: The Great One, came across my desk recently, I knew my leisure reading for the next two weeks was all booked up. It was well worth the time. Markusen spends a lot of time delving into Clemente's psyche as well, noting the cultural and language differences that often limited his ability to communicate clearly. After reading Markusen's book, any misunderstandings about Clemente are easily explained. All that's left is the legacy.
— Utica Observer
William Scheeren
Recommended for comprehensive baseball collections.
— Library Journal
Owen S. Good
Roberto Clemente biography penned by local author. Roberto Clemente is best remembered for reaching 3,000 career hits on the final day of the 1972 season, then dying in a plane crash later that year ferrying aid to victims of a Nicaraquan earthquake. But Clemente, says Cooperstown author Bruce Markusen, is also worthy of a fourth biography because of his hidden struggle with institutional racism while integrating the Pittsburgh Pirates. Markusen, 33, a senior researcher at the National Baseball Library, is the author of the recently released Roberto Clemente: The Great One from Sports Publishing Inc.
— Oneonta Star

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Meet the Author

Bruce Markusen is the author of seven books on baseball, including the award-winning A Baseball Dynasty: Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s, the recipient of the Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research. He currently works as a museum teacher at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers’ Museum, and the Fenimore Art Museum, all located in Cooperstown. In addition to the Hardball Times, he also contributes articles to Bronx Banter.

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