I’ve never been into baseball, so I’d never heard of Roberto Clemente before…
Roberto Clemente was born in 1934 on the island of Puerto Rica. Affectionately nicknamed Momen, everyone knew that Roberto was destined to be a baseball player. It was what he ate, drank, and played.
It wasn’t until Roberto was fourteen years old that he had the opportunity to play outside of his city. Four years later, when Roberto was eighteen, tryouts were held in San Juan’s baseball stadium. Roberto played there, and was noticed by scouts from New York’s Brooklyn Dodgers. However, he didn’t have enough experience to play with the Dodgers, and it wasn’t until two years later that they asked him to join their team.
Roberto’s real break came when he signed on to play with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was with this team that he began playing in the major league, and it was here that his phenomenal defensive abilities and consistent batting gained the attention of the nation. Over the remaining years of his baseball career, Roberto would become a four time National League batting champion and also won the World Series’ Most Valuable Player award. He is one of twenty eight (at that time, eleven) men to have made 3,000 hits in regular season games. He became a legend.
Sadly, this legend died in a plane crash while flying out to give aid to his fellow Puerto Ricans who had just undergone a terrible earthquake. His body was never recovered.
I appreciated the lesson that Roberto’s father taught him early on in life – do it yourself. If there’s something you want, don’t expect anyone else to get it for you; you must earn it yourself. Then your enjoyment of it will be twice as full.
We’ll Never Forget You, Roberto Clemente also records several instances of Roberto’s unvarying kindnesses to people.
On one page it is mentioned that when Roberto was little his father would sometimes send him to buy lottery tickets.
Conclusion. An innocent biography for parents who don’t mind their children reading about sports.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret