Twenty-five years ago, Roberto Clemente made baseball history when he became the first Latin American to enter the Hail of Fame. Roberto Clemente: The Great One explores 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, The Great One details the story of one of baseball's most compelling characters. Interviews with teammates Willie Stargell and AI Oliver, former major league commissioner Bowie Kuhn, and close friends of Clemente lend insight into his character and contributions. The Great One fully examines Clemente's legacy, at a time of unprecedented success for Latin American players.
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.
...well worth the time...After reading Markusen's book, any misunderstandings about Clemente are easily explained. All that's left is the legacy.
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.
...clears up a number of misconceptions about Clemente."
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
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.