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Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero

Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero

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by The Clemente Family

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Baseball great, family man, humanitarian—the life and enduring legacy of Roberto Clemente, as told by his family.

With a swift bat and fierce athleticism, Roberto Clemente intimidated major league pitchers for eighteen seasons, compiling three thousand hits. His legs were among the quickest of his era. His throwing arm was one of the strongest,


Baseball great, family man, humanitarian—the life and enduring legacy of Roberto Clemente, as told by his family.

With a swift bat and fierce athleticism, Roberto Clemente intimidated major league pitchers for eighteen seasons, compiling three thousand hits. His legs were among the quickest of his era. His throwing arm was one of the strongest, gunning down base runners from right field with incredible frequency. He would spend a career fighting for respect and finally achieve it after a historic World Series performance and a second half of a career that would have him mentioned with greats like Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle.

But what Roberto Clemente did off the field made him an equally great humanitarian. One of the first athletes who understood how the power of sports could be used to transform not just a handful of lives but many thousands of them, he would die following his heart and conscience by helping others. Clemente was on an aircraft loaded with supplies for an earthquake-stricken Nicaragua when the plane crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Forty years after that tragic day, the widow and sons of this regal athlete and consummate humanitarian open up for the first time about the husband and father they lost. Featuring an extensive array of rare and never-before-seen photos of Clemente on the field and off, this powerful memoir tells his inspiring story from the voices of those who knew him best.


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A family's recollection of a baseball, and humanitarian, legend. When Roberto Clemente (1934–1972) died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve in 1972, he was delivering emergency supplies to Nicaragua, which had just suffered catastrophic earthquakes. Clemente was a Hall of Fame outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and represented to Latin baseball players what Jackie Robinson did to African-American players. But he was also deeply committed to humanitarian causes, to which he planned to devote his post-playing life. Effectively an oral history and scrapbook, the book is unabashedly hagiographic. CBSSports.com writer Mike Freeman compiles the memories of the Clemente family, including Roberto's sons, wife and brothers, as well as other oral testimonies and journalistic accounts of Clemente's life and career. The book traces Clemente's life from his roots in Puerto Rico, a territory to which he remained devoted, through his career with the Pirates, for which he earned the National League MVP in 1966. He was also a 15-time All-Star and won 12 Gold Glove awards and four batting titles. The dozens of pictures and the family reminiscences capture Clemente the player and the man. One can only wonder what Clemente could have accomplished on the field, but especially off of it, had he only survived to continue the work to which he had increasingly come to devote his life. As he remarked in 1971 after receiving the Tris Speaker Award, "If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth." This loving family biography of a husband, father, baseball player, pioneer and crusader for justice serves as a fitting tribute to a truly great man. For a fuller portrait, pair with David Maraniss' Clemente (2006).

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Penguin Publishing Group
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7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Vera, Roberto Jr., Luis, and Ricky Clemente live in Texas and Puerto Rico and continue to preserve the memory of the loving husband and inspiring father they knew best and the selfless person and epic baseball player the world will never forget. Together as a family, they founded the Roberto Clemente Foundation to help disadvantaged youths. Vera is currently the Goodwill Ambassador for Major League Baseball.

Mike Freeman is a writer for CBSSports.com. This is his seventh book. He lives in New Jersey.

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Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
A Window Into the Personal Life of Robert Clemente Any baseball fan knows that Clemente was a one of the greats, but lessor known was extraordinary humanitarian feats and personal accomplishments. In Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero, this baseball legend's family and friends share previously unreleased stories and photos that shed a new light on this lost hero. Unlike other Clemente biographies, this one feels particularly intimate and accurate as it was written by those who knew him best. This a truly moving account of the life of a remarkable person, and an amazing baseball player. An inspirational read--highly recommended for baseball enthusiasts. You may also enjoy reading a similarly intimate look into the life of Jackie Robinson, found in Jackie Robinson: My Own Story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book that I read was; Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero. This book was written by The Clemente Family and was published by the Penguin Group. This book is a biography of the life of Roberto Clemente. It is told by his wife and children, as well as other close family and friends that knew Roberto Clemente very well. You even hear from his youngest son, Ricky who many people didn’t even know existed. There are also many pictures that the Clemente family shared throughout the book, and many of them had never been seen before. The whole book is about Roberto Clemente and the legacy that he left behind. A legacy that is now trying to be fulfilled by his 3 children. Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero, is a book that told about Roberto Clemente and his legacy. It is told by the people who knew him very well. This book tells about Roberto’s love for baseball. A love that he had from a very young age. He was always working hard and trying to get better. He was not all about baseball though; he was also a family man. Roberto always liked to spend time with family and cared very much about them. He had three children, Roberto Jr., Luis, and Ricky. He also had a wife named, Vera. Roberto always had a balance of Baseball and family because he cared for both very much. This book also tells about how Roberto always wanted to help everyone. He could never say no to anyone. “If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth.” This was a famous quote that Roberto Clemente said, and it is the quote that he lived by. He always was involved in charity and traveled to different places to help the people who were in need. Roberto always helped everyone and never asked for anything in return. His son Luis said; “My dad never asked for anything in return, and this is why his friends were so dedicated to him.” His love to help people eventually ended up leading to his death, but that was not the end of his legacy. He was so inspirational that people called him the “Latino Jackie Robinson.” Since his death his children have tried to carry on with what Roberto started. Roberto’s son, Luis also tried to carry on his father’s legacy by playing baseball. He played for a short time in the minors for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but then gave it up before ever reaching the MLB. I liked this book very much because it is not like a normal biography. It was told by the people who knew him the best, so while reading it I felt like I was actually talking to Roberto, and that I knew him. This made the book a lot easier to understand and enjoy. The family of Roberto was able to tell what it was like to live with him and be around him all the time. So you end up learning more about Roberto Clemente than you would in one of his normal biographies. There are also many stories about Clemente that are shared by his wife, children, and other close family and friends. “I see him all the time. I see him mostly in his quiet moments. Sometimes he’s playing with the kids. Sometime he’s laughing. He was a great husband to me. He was a great father. He wrote poetry. I called him Roberto.” This was a quote that was said by Vera Clemente, who was the wife of Roberto Clemente. Roberto Clemente had many athletes that supported him. Many of them weren’t even baseball players. Muhammad Ali said this about Clemente: “I think the greatest thing you can say about a person is that they gave their life for their cause. That’s what Roberto Clemente did. He was a beautiful human being.” Muhammad Ali was one of the many athletes that admired Roberto Clemente. I learned a lot from reading this book. There were endless facts about Roberto Clemente and baseball. Many of the facts included involved Puerto Rico as well. I learned that Puerto Rico is not very big for baseball. There are not many professional baseball players that come from Puerto Rico, although when there are players that come from Puerto Rico they are usually very good. Roberto Clemente is arguably on of the best players that played in the MLB, and he is no doubt one of the best players off the field. I also learned many things about Roberto, like that he wasn’t naturally great at baseball, and he worked very hard and put the effort in that was needed to become great. I also learned that when Roberto died he was on his way to Nicaragua. His plane was carrying relief supplies that were going to help Nicaragua after their earthquake. With all this being said I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. I would especially recommend it to anyone who is interested in baseball, or just sports in general. This book is very factual and teaches you a lot, but it is not boring and will keep you entertained. I felt like I actually knew Roberto Clemente while reading this book. It is written from the perspective of people who knew Roberto, which is what makes this book different and entertaining. That’s why I think that everyone would enjoy this book, and should give it a chance and read it. `
Anonymous More than 1 year ago