Roberto Clemente

Pittsburgh Pirates Outfielder

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Early Life

Roberto Clemente Walker was born on August 18, 1934 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He credits his mom and dad as the best people ever to walk the earth. At an early age, Roberto was a good man and a hard worker. He rallied a group of boys to raise money to build a fence to protect their school. Once, he rescued a driver from a burning car. At age nine, he started selling milk for one cent a day for three years to buy a bicycle.

Getting Involved

When the Pirates won the World Series in 1971, Roberto skipped the team party, and walked the streets of Pittsburgh to personally thank the fans. In 1972, Nicaragua had a devastating earthquake. Roberto insisted on personally delivering the supplies collected by the Puerto Ricans. However, his plane crashed into the ocean soon after take-off, killing Roberto. The cause of the crash was never determined, although overload is a likely factor. He had always dreamed of opening a baseball camp in Puerto Rico, after his retirement, free of charge, teaching children about hard work and citizenship.

Choices and Results

During his life, Roberto chose to fight for the common good and helped those in need. The result is that in the MLB (Major League Baseball), there is an ample amount of Latinos playing because of his choices.

His Quotes

- "I like workers. I like people that suffer because these people have a different approach to life from the people that have everything and don't know what suffering is."
- "If you have an opportunity to make things better, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth."
-"I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all I had to give."
-"I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player."

Words For Him

"He was the best free-agent athlete I have ever seen," - Al Campanis

"Roll the ball," - Sandy Koufax when asked how to pitch to Clemente

"He fell into the water so that his spirit could be carried by the ocean to more places,"

- Anon.

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Today, MLB is thriving with Latino players, unlike when Roberto was playing. Clemente helped launch the phenom of Latino players through his generosity to the community and his fight for racial equality.