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Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero

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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 food and medical supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake. David Maraniss now brings the great baseball player brilliantly back to life in andlt;iandgt;Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero,andlt;/iandgt; a book destined to become a modern classic. Much like his acclaimed biography of Vince Lombardi, andlt;iandgt;When Pride Still Mattered,andlt;/iandgt; Maraniss uses his narrative sweep and meticulous detail to capture the myth and a real man. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Anyone who saw Clemente, as he played with a beautiful fury, will never forget him. He was a work of art in a game too often defined by statistics. During his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he won four batting titles and led his team to championships in 1960 and 1971, getting a hit in all fourteen World Series games in which he played. His career ended with three-thousand hits, the magical three-thousandth coming in his final at-bat, and he and the immortal Lou Gehrig are the only players to have the five-year waiting period waived so they could be enshrined in the Hall of Fame immediately after their deaths. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; There is delightful baseball here, including thrilling accounts of the two World Series victories of Clemente's underdog Pittsburgh Pirates, but this is far more than just another baseball book. Roberto Clemente was that rare athlete who rose above sports to become a symbol of larger themes. Born near the canebrakes of rural Carolina, Puerto Rico, on August 18, 1934, 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. He was, in a sense, the Jackie Robinson of the Spanish-speaking world, 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 and who now dominate the game. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; The Clemente that Maraniss evokes was an idiosyncratic character who, unlike so many modern athletes, insisted that his responsibilities extended beyond the playing field. In his final years, his motto was that if you have a chance to help others and fail to do so, you are wasting your time on this earth. Here, in the final chapters, after capturing Clemente's life and times, Maraniss retraces his final days, from the earthquake to the accident, using newly uncovered documents to reveal the corruption and negligence that led the unwitting hero on a mission of mercy toward his untimely death as an uninspected, overloaded plane plunged into the sea.

Synopsis:

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "When Pride Still Mattered" comes a full-scale biography of the great baseball player and humanitarian Roberto Clemente, who lived, played, and died with enduring passion and grace. of photos.

About the Author

David Maraniss, an associate editor at The Washington Post, is the author of critically acclaimed best-selling books on Bill Clinton, Vince Lombardi, Vietnam and the sixties, Roberto Clemente, and the 1960 Rome Olympics. He won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Clinton, was part of a Post team that won the 2007 Pulitzer for coverage of the Virginia Tech tragedy, and has been a Pulitzer finalist three other times, including in the nonfiction history category for They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967. Maraniss is a fellow of the Society of American Historians and a member of Biographers International Organization. He lives in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, Linda. They have two grown children and three granddaughters.

Table of Contents

Contents

Memory and Myth

1. Something That Never Ends

2. Where Momen Came From

3. Dream of Deeds

4. The Residue of Design

5. ¡Arriba! ¡Arriba!

6. Alone at the Miracle

7. Pride and Prejudice

8. Fever

9. Passion

10. A Circular Stage

11. El Día Más Grande

12. Tip of the Cap

13. Temblor

14. Cockroach Corner

15. December 31

16. Out of the Sea

Myth and Memory

Acknowledgments

Notes

Appendix

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743299992
Author:
Maraniss, David
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Sports - Baseball
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Puerto rico
Subject:
Clemente, Roberto
Subject:
Baseball players -- Puerto Rico.
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Subject:
roberto clemente, pittsburgh pirates, nicaragua aid, clemente plane crash, new year s eve 1972, 3,000 hits, pittsburgh legend, baseball hall of fame, legendary arm, pultizer prize winner, they marched into sunlight, barack obamabio, rome 1960 olympics, wh
Subject:
roberto clemente, pittsburgh pirates, nicaragua aid, clemente plane crash, new year s eve 1972, 3,000 hits, pittsburgh legend, baseball hall of fame, legendary arm, pultizer prize winner, they marched into sunlight, barack obamabio, rome 1960 olympics, wh
Subject:
roberto clemente, pittsburgh pirates, nicaragua aid, clemente plane crash, new year s eve 1972, 3,000 hits, pittsburgh legend, baseball hall of fame, legendary arm, pultizer prize winner, they marched into sunlight, barack obamabio, rome 1960 olympics, wh
Subject:
roberto clemente, pittsburgh pirates, nicaragua aid, clemente plane crash, new year s eve 1972, 3,000 hits, pittsburgh legend, baseball hall of fame, legendary arm, pultizer prize winner, they marched into sunlight, barack obamabio, rome 1960 olympics, wh
Subject:
roberto clemente, pittsburgh pirates, nicaragua aid, clemente plane crash, new year s eve 1972, 3,000 hits, pittsburgh legend, baseball hall of fame, legendary arm, pultizer prize winner, they marched into sunlight, barack obamabio, rome 1960 olympics, wh
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pp b-w photo insert
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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