Vera Clemente -- Clemente:The True Legacy of an Undying Hero -- Gables
Oct 12 2013 2:00 pm
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.
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.