“After 25 years of his death, he still a HERO”
Roberto Clemente was a proud man. For many years he felt that he did not get the credit he deserved when people talked aboutbaseball’s great players like, Jakie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio. Often they forgot about him.
Nobody could competed with the Pittsburgh Pirate right fielder, Clemente (#21). Heplayed in twelve All-Star Games, he was the National League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1966, and MVP in 1971 World Series. He won four separate National League batting tittles, and won the GoldGlove Award 12 consecutive years. Posted a .317 career batting average, played 18 seasons, amassed 3,000 hits, and hammered 240 home runs.
Clemente is from Puerto Rico (PR). To the Puerto Ricansand the people in Latin America he is a HERO. Every year after the baseball Major League season, Roberto returned to PR and spent the winter playing baseball. Also, he spent a lot of time working onhis dream of building “La Ciudad Deportiva Roberto Clemente” (Roberto Clemente’s sports city) in his homeland, where boys and girls would get a chance to play sports.
Roberto Clemente was theodd man out in the 1960 World Series. The team only Latin player, he hit safely in all seven games. Eleven years later he had a second chance. In the 1971 World Series against the Baltimore Orioles,Clemente proved what a great player he was. After the Pirates lost the first two games, Clemente lead his team back. He got hits in every game, including a Home Run in the final contest. ThePirates won the World Series with Clemente named Most Valuable Player. When presented with his MVP trophy, Clemente had two things to say. “I want everybody to know that this is the way I play all thetime, all season, every season”. And in Spanish he asked for his father’s blessing.
When the 1972 season started, Clemente had another goal in mind: to reach 3,000 hits. Even though Clemente was...