He made a deep impression on his teammates. Steve Blass said, "The rest of us were just players. Clemente was a prince." (pg. 25 ...more
He uses the Pittsburgh Courier to discuss the importance of black newspapers in covering black sports and athletes, contrasting the coverage of Clemente and other black and/or Latin players in that and other Pittsburgh papers serving the white communities; however, there are years ...more
Maraniss writes a pretty good book about Clemente. It’s not perfect, but the highlights ar ...more
Maraniss does not delve into Clemente's relationships with most of the people in his l ...more
That said, i never felt the narrative spark I was hoping for out of this book. It's thoroughly reported and filled with interesting biographic information but Clemente's story never quite came alive for me.
It's almost as if Maranssis got so much information on Clemente's history and psyche that he let it overwhelm the drama of his life.
I don't mean ...more
First off, biographies, in my opinion, should be easy, quick reads and provide the reader with more or less a detailed chronology of the life (or period of life) with maybe some interviews, quotes, or stories from the subject and/or people who interacted with the subject at that time. I don't like when biographers attempt to ...more
To begin, there is no question Clemente was a true hero in every sense of the ...more
I was interested in this as a Pirates fan and from my little knowledge of Clemente as a player and humanitarian who lost his life tragically.
What I learned was much on many levels. In one regard the book provided a social commentary on America from the 1950s through the early 1970s, but it did so through the perspective of a man who was black, but also Puerto Rican. The distinction being C ...more
The book spends way too much time ...more
The story was told through the passion of Roberto Clemente and how he overcomes the racism of the baseball leag ...more
The writing could have been tighter. I felt like I read the same passages over and over throughout the book. But maybe that was the point - to reinforce the feelings Clemente and others felt at the time. Having not lived w ...more
This book gives you a glimpse into the life of Clemente who was a very proud Puerto Rican who felt slighted by the press because of his nationality. Clemente was a very emotional man who didn't hold back his views. He was ...more
That al ...more
I tend to read non-fiction because I want to learn about what ...more
Clemente is my favorite sports hero. A hero in any field has to have the combined talent, opportunity, and determination to make a lasting difference. For pro athletes, the talent is a given, and this book does very well to devote much more attention to Clemente's contribution to Latin American pride and achievement. Maraniss also shares stories to help establish Clemente's weaknesses. He made a lot of p ...more
It's hard not to feel that Clemente, for all its virtues, is a bit of a letdown. With a Pulitzer Prize and notable biographies of Bill Clinton (First in His Class) and Vince Lombardi (When Pride Still Mattered) under his belt, David Maraniss sets high expectations. He mostly satisfies by revealing details about Clemente's tragic death and the compassionate instincts and dogged stubbornness that enabled it and by rightfully placing him alongside his generation's best players. But some critics not...more