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The True Legacy of an Undying Hero

The Clemente Family


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Paperback, Spanish (9/24/2013)


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.

Penguin Group (New Zealand), 9780451419033, 262pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2013

About 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 This is his seventh book. He lives in New Jersey.