Remembering Clemente brings both joy and pain

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Clemente

Major League Baseball pays tribute to the late Roberto Clemente in this article by Jim Lachimia. 

The 40th anniversary of Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit and final season took place in 2012, and fans old enough to have seen him play still marvel at the skills he displayed on the baseball field. Those same fans can also recall the intense heartache they felt when the Pirates’ gifted right fielder died in a plane crash off the coast of Puerto Rico while attempting to bring relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve in 1972.

Roberto Clemente Jr., one of the Hall of Famer’s three sons, was 7 years old when his father died — and for weeks, months and even years afterward, he saw many people cry.

“It was hard for me to understand the magnitude of what happened when I was boy,” he said. “I would see…

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About Dennis R. Hidalgo
I am a historian of the Atlantic World. I am passionate about people, those alive in the present and those who left little trace of their past.

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