Burgos: The Great One’s family carries the Clemente torch

From SABR member Adrian Burgos Jr. at La Vida Baseball on May 21, 2018:


The Great One.

Roberto Clemente Walker.

We know him by his number, nickname and his birth name.

He stands alone among the baseball immortals for the combination of how he played the game, the way he lived his life and how it came to an end.

It seems a higher power preordained that Clemente would forever stand at the gate of baseball immortality: exactly 3,000 career hits. Not one more, not one less.

Last summer I shared the stage at the All-Star Game Fan Fest with the Clemente family. For fellow Puerto Ricans and perhaps most other Latinos, the Clementes remain baseball royalty. They are the family of the Great One. They are the ones who provided him a purpose beyond the playing field. They surrounded him with love, laughter and the quiet moments of time with family. They are the ones who shared their husband and papi with the rest of us.

Read the full article here: https://www.lavidabaseball.com/el-profe-vera-clemente/

Originally published: May 21, 2018. Last Updated: May 21, 2018.