Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente

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Examines the life and career of Roberto Clemente, from his early life of poverty in Puerto Rico, through his successful baseball career, to his death in a plane crash while attempting deliver humanitarian aid to earthquake survivors in Nicaragua.

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Roberto Clemente's life represents the ultimate rags-to-riches story. Growing up in poverty in Puerto Rico, the young Clemente never imagined that through baseball, he would have the ability to make a difference in the lives of his family and thousands of others. Within a few years, Clemente went from playing baseball in the barrio in Puerto Rico with a tree branch for a bat and a ball of string for a ball to playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s. Though the journey to America was filled with obstacles, such as racism and discrimination, Clemente succeeded in winning the hearts and minds of the Pittsburgh fans, as well as Americans everywhere, with his tremendous playing ability and his humanitarian spirit. After he died in a tragic plane crash in 1972, Clemente would be remembered as a hero with a powerful throwing arm and a heart of gold. For his contributions to baseball, Clemente was later inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame, becoming the first Latin American player to receive the honor.

Publisher: New York : Chelsea House, c2008
ISBN: 9780791096918
0791096912
Branch Call Number: j Biography C591d
Characteristics: 117 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Maaddi, Rob

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