Being More Than a Baseball Player by Jackson McKay

1 Dec

Roberto Clemente is revered as one of the best outfielders of all time. He was known for having superb arm strength as well as unprecedented athletic ability. He had a wonderful career playing for the Pittsburg Pirates from 1955 to 1972. He won four batting titles through out the 1960’s as well as winning a World Series Championship in 1971. Clemente finished his career with a total of 3000 hits and 240 home runs.

Although Clemente was a great player, he is best remembered for the way he lived off the field. Clemente, who was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, was known for the pride he took in his Puerto Rican heritage. At the time during Clemente’s career, Latinos were a huge minority in the United States. Clemente went to great lengths to stand up for the rights of Latinos in the United States. In addition, he took advantage of the financial opportunities that came with being a professional athlete, and donated a lot of money to charities that would help with poverty in Puerto Rico as well as other parts of the Latin American world.

In December of 1972, the season after he reached 3000 hits, Clemente was on his way to Nicaragua to deliver supplies to help those struggling to survive after a devastating earthquake. Tragically, Clemente’s plane crashed before it could reach Nicaragua safely. Clemente died on December 31, 1972. The world mourned over the loss of such an exemplary citizen and baseball player.

Clemente’s humanitarian efforts as well as is baseball abilities did not go unnoticed. In fact, not even a year after the devastating plane crash, Clemente was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Today, each year the Roberto Clemente Award is given out to the baseball player who demonstrates the best off-the-field work. Clemente’s legacy will always be remembered and will continue to inspire professional athletes to help those who are less fortunate than themselves.


4 Responses to “Being More Than a Baseball Player by Jackson McKay”

  1. Sean Pihl December 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Roberto sounds like an awesome person for people to look up to. It is really cool how a lot of athletes are doing the same thing as Roberto did by using their stardom off the field to bring awareness to certain things that are going on in the world.

  2. Cameron Stone December 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    well written article, I knew some about Roberto Clemente before but was unaware of what a great person he was off the field. Also great way of captioning how charitable he is an what a great model for not just latino’s but for anyone who stands up for there rights.

  3. Jake Lueck December 3, 2012 at 1:45 am #

    Its great to see that a baseball player can be so good on the field and off the field. Seeing that he can do great for the community and do great for the hearts of the little kids is great and is very interesting. this is a very interesting article and very well written.

  4. Evan Armstrong December 3, 2012 at 2:43 am #

    Wow, I can see why Roberto is such an outstanding player. What caused his plane to crash though? It is always encouraging to see athletes reach out and help others.

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