Clemente : the passion and grace of baseball's last hero /

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by Maraniss, David.
[ 01. English Non Fiction ] Published by : Simon & Schuster, (New York :) Physical details: 401 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm. Subject(s): Clemente, Roberto, --1934-1972. | Baseball players --Puerto Rico --Biography. Year : 2006 01. English Non Fiction Item type : 01. English Non Fiction
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Bluefield High School 796.357 CLE Available

Includes bibliographical references (p. 385-387) and index.

On New Year's Eve, 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a hero's death, killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake. Journalist Maraniss now brings the great baseball player back to life. Anyone who saw Clemente play will never forget him--he was a work of art in a game too often defined by statistics. But Clemente was that rare athlete who rose above sports to become a symbol of larger themes. Born in rural Puerto Rico, at a time when there were no blacks or Puerto Ricans playing organized ball in the United States, Clemente went on to become the greatest Latino player in the major leagues, a ballplayer of determination, grace, and dignity who paved the way and set the highest standard for waves of Latino players who followed in later generations.--From publisher description.