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Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero Paperback – April 3, 2007
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Where the earlier Clemente biographies, written shortly after his death, were little more that tributes and eulogies for the fallen hero, Maraniss writes of the man in all his complexity, and though he deservedly calls him a hero, he does not treat him as a saint. Notoriously thin skinned and prickly, Clemente had a career-long feud with the press. Though it was aggravated by the racism of the time, (Clemente was infuriated when the press would quote his interviews using phonetic spelling to capture his accent) and the language barrier, his sensitive personality, often perceiving slights where they were not intended, was equally to blame. He was obsessed with his health and ailments, complaining constantly about his pain, and some accused him of being a goldbricker and a hypochondriac, yet he seemed to play at his best when in his greatest pain, and ended his career breaking the record for most games played in a Pirates uniform.Read more ›
Maraniss does a superb job telling both a baseball story and a biography. He also deftly balances the many remarkable traits of the man, with the few flaws he, like every human being, had.
If you love baseball history, you'll love "Clemente." If you love a "poor boy makes good" story, you'll love "Clemente."
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and the forthcoming "Sacred Friendships: Listening to the Voices of Women Soul Care-Givers and Spiritual Directors."
David Maraniss selects unique subjects for his biographical talents. For reasons known only to him, he has limited his subjects to the fields of politics and sports. While these two topics may seem diverse and unrelated, in many ways they are part of a common thread. Politics and sports are a unique juxtaposition of two significant aspects of our culture, where success and failure are often public and fleeting.Read more ›
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Roberto Clemente was always worth the price of admission! His clutch hitting, magnificent throwing arm from right field, his daring running of the bases, and his ever-present... Read morePublished 4 months ago by George Briggs
David Maraniss' account of The Great Roberto's life on and off the diamond is captivating. His black, chiseled good looks won him approving glances from women, black and white in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Billy Bob Sixpack
He was and is my most appreciated sports hero. I watched him play. This book gave me an insight into the person he was and more about his life and unfortunate death. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Contented Bear
Despite his greatness on the field, I feel like many baseball fans know Roberto Clemente as the man who tragically died in a plane crash with exactly 3,000 hits. Read morePublished 16 months ago by benhat