KUSA - With a swift bat and fierce athleticism, Roberto Clemente intimidated major league pitchers for 18 seasons playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A native of Puerto Rico, he spent his career fighting for respect in the face of prejudice he endured in the U.S.
After a historic World Series performance that put him in the company of legends such as Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle, Clemente was able to achieve the renown that was due to him. 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 change lives, he would die following his heart and conscience by helping others.
On New Years Eve in 1972, the plane he boarded in Puerto Rico, loaded with supplies for an earthquake-stricken Nicaragua, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. His body was never recovered. Now, 40 years after his tragic death, the family who knew him best tells his story in Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero.
His widow Vera and his son Luis are opening up for the first time about the husband and father they lost. Their story is more than just the tale of a baseball giant-it is the story of a loving husband, father, brother, friend and citizen of the world, who is celebrated not just for excelling on the field, but for being a compassionate humanitarian and hero for the Latino American community and beyond.
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