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Posted December 17, 2009
I read the book Sports Heroes and Legends: Roberto Clemente. The publisher is Lerner publishing Group. Publication date is 09/28/06. I really liked this book. This book taught me to live life to the fullest, because you don't know what tomorrow will bring. This book is about a young Latino boy named Roberto Clemente Walker. His dream was to play professional baseball in The United States. As a boy he sold his bike to buy rubber balls, and threw them against walls so he could practice catching them. He went to the Puerto Rican league games in the summer to watch one of his favorite players play, Monte Irvin. Clemente said Irvin had the best arm in the league, so he wanted to learn to throw like he does. He was poor, so he had to be creative with equiptment, his glove was a coffee bean bag, his bat was a tree branch, and the ball he used was rags tied together. He grew up and was drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. The Dodgers didn't think he would cut it so they traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates. There his career really blew up. In the winter offseason he played in Puerto Rico for many different teams. In his second season with the PIrates, he showed some serious skill finishing the season with a .311 batting average, and 20 homers, he also had 17 assists, which is when you throw someone out at home plate from the outfield. He took 6 months off in the 1959 season to serve his country, in the Marine Corps. In the 1960 season he had the game- winning hit in game 7 of the World series. The next season he won the batting title. In his final season 1972, he was close to 3,000 career hits, he was hurt so he was going to put off the rest of the season and conquer this the next season, the fans voted him to get it over with this season. On september 29th, he did exactly that. He hit a double off the wall, off of a hall of fame pitcher Tom Seaver. Clemente flew to Nicaragua at the end of the season, to manage an amateur team. A few weeks later when he flew home a massive earthquake struck, it destroyed a lot. Once he found this out, he got busy organizing a committee to send money, food, and medicine over there. He was worried that the supplies weren't getting to where they need to be so he and four others got on a plane to fly over there. That day the plane crashed into the Atlantic ocean killing all five men. Clemente's body was never found. They named an award after him for an outstanding player on and off the field. They opened up a recreation building in Puerto Rico for kids to play, this was his dream. In the summer of 1973 he was the fist Latino to be inducted into the hall of fame. I really liked this book, because it just goes to show you that you can do anything you put your mind to. Roberto was a dedicated player, who followed his dreams. He finished his career with a batting average of .317, 1,305 RBI's, 83 stolen bases, and 3,000 career hits. I recommend this book to any baseball fan, it is an easy read, and it is very inspirational.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.