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

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

by David Maraniss
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Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
AZELPTEACHER More than 1 year ago
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........
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Clemente is an outstanding biography about a legendary baseball player. This book does an excellent job of describing Clemente¿s entire life with and without baseball. Before Clemente knew he had a chance of playing professional baseball he was just a young and ambitious kid looking for a shot. Clemente loved the game more then anyone else and when ever he got an opportunity to play he was very thankful. Clemente, being the determined person he was fought through his rough childhood and moved on to bigger and better things. Roberto not only became one of the best right fielders of all time, winning countless gold gloves and other awards, but he was also known as a man who thought of others before himself which made him very special. Sadly, Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash while trying to help survivors of a terrible storm in Nicaragua which ended a fantastic career. This book really teaches a great lesson of if you desire something don¿t let anything hold you back. Clemente demonstrated this lesson more then anyone else which makes him a true hero and great role model for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Dr_Dollar More than 1 year ago
Well researched and well written. It captivated me and provided insight to the man as well as the baseball ground breaker and hero.
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MikeMcCann More than 1 year ago
Maraniss takes a thorough, balanced, human approach to telling the great and sometimes troubling story of Roberto Clemente. Clemente is no doubt one of the true important historical figures in the game. This book goes inside, warts and all, to take a detailed look at the athletes' struggles, triumphs and devotion to his people. It is among both the best baseball stories and human stories of the 20th century.
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michaelp77 More than 1 year ago
i thought that the biography on Roberto Clemente was interesting and i liked the biography alot. I never knew before how badly different races were treated in baseball at this time period. i would recomend this biography to anyone who likes baseball and wants to learn about the life of the great Roberto Clemente. Roberto Clemente was one of the best baseball players of his time and he should of got alot more apreciation from the begining. When Roberto first started out he was the first and only black puerta rican in the whole league. The biography is good because it is interesting i learned alot of facts i never knew. Before i read este libro yo nunca knew much about Roberto, I just thought that he was an average player but after reading este libro i think that he is one of the best rightfielders in baseball history. i recomend este libro 100 percent. i would recomend it to the ages of 14 up because anyone younger wont get what the book is also about and wont be able to fully understand the importance of Roberto Clemente.
mothman More than 1 year ago
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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NIckRavanis More than 1 year ago
The book Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero written by David Maraniss was a great book. I loved it i would recomend this to anybody not just sport or baseball fans. This book is all about the great baseball player Roberto Clemente from bith to death and tells an amazing story of one of the most caring and helpful people of all-time. This book was a great book that was all about the real person inside Clemente and about how he was passionate about the great game of baseball and about people from young to old and healthy to sick.
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this book is so great it makes me cry
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book that tells us everything about Roberto Clemente. It Shows us how caring he was and what a great ballplayer he was too. I did however find some parts of it to be a bit boring but all in all it was a pretty decent book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a sports fan so I don¿t follow any of the happenings in those fields. Therefore, I was not sure that I would enjoy CLEMENTE but listened to it anyway. What I am is a Curious Kitty meaning that I like to know about people and their lives. This book is that type of story. I learned that Clemente was in baseball when it wasn¿t popular to be Black let alone Puerto Rican. Clemente was both. I learned that he never forgot where he came from and was always willing to help others no matter the cost to himself. In the end, that cost was his own life. The author is the reader in this audio book and he does a good job. He has written a book that holds the interest of anyone who listens to it and explains the term so even those who don¿t know the game can follow the story. He tells about the side of a famous person that most of us never know about which included Clemente¿s struggle to make good, the friends he made along the way and his own personal life with his wife, Vera and their children. It tells of his family and siblings and how he helps the poor in his country. The final chapters give the details of the plane crash and why it happened and how it could have been prevented if only a few safety rules had been followed. Whether you are a baseball fan or not, this audio book will hold your attention and you may just learn something you didn¿t know about Clemente if you do follow the game.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a kid growing up in 1970s Philadelphia, I eagerly looked forward to visits from our cross town rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Make no mistake, I disliked the 'Bucs as much as any good Phillie fan would, however, I idolized their superstar outfielder, Roberto Clemente. Thanks to this tremendous biography, the player I idolized as a kid, is a man I can admire as an adult. David Maraniss has done an exlempary job recapturing an era in baseball's timeline when it reigned number one in the hearts and minds of sports fans accross the nation. He has also provided significant insights regarding the prejudices and road blocks Hispanic ballplayers - especially those with dark complexions - faced trying to enter the American game. While Roberto Clemente was not the first to cross this ethic line, he was certainly one of the first true bona fide superstars of Carribean descent. The Clemente that emerges from this fine work is a very complex man. Fiercly competive, tenacioulsy focused. honorable and compassionate, and deeply principled. I cried as a thirteen year old when hearing the news of Roberto Clemente's untimely - and as Maraniss's story point out, totally avoidable - death. As an adult, I alos shed a tear when finishing this book. Thank you David Maraniss for an insightful and moving foray into the life of a man whose Hall of Fame accomplishments on the diamond were overshadowed by his commendable endeavors off the field.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Baseball biography at its best, especially when so much attention is being given to the darker side of today's game, namely steroid use and absurd salaries! A refreshing, entertaining, and extremely informative history of better days!