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21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago

If you’re a teenager, you’ve never seen The Pittsburgh Pirates finish better than .500. Sad, but true. I barely remember the ‘Bucs being competitive when I was a kid. Since Jose Lind’s error in game seven of the 1992 NLCS it’s seriously all been downhill. Not one winning season!

But there were many years when they were great. The Pirates have been around since 1882 (they’ve been known as the “Pirates” since 1891), winning 9 NL Pennants, and 5 World Series titles.

Some of the greatest players of all time have suited up for the ‘Bucs: Honus Wagner, Ralph Kiner, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Stargell, Barry Bonds, and OF COURSE Roberto Clemente–humanitarian, member of the 3,000 Hit Club, and strong-armed right fielder.

Now is a great time to learn more about Clemente–a wonderful graphic novel 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente has just come out and the author/artist is going to be signing copies at Phantom of the Attic Comics in Oakland on May 21st.

And if that’s not enough, here are a couple other great Clemente resources from your friends at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh:

Chasing 3000 (motion picture, 2008) – Two brothers, one of whom is afflicted with muscular dystrophy, make the drive from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh in hopes of witnessing Roberto Clemente’s 3000th hit.



Clemente: The passion and grace of baseball’s last hero by David Maraniss – “Maraniss deftly balances baseball and loftier concerns like racism; he presents a nuanced picture of a ballplayer more complicated than the encomiums would suggest, while still wholly deserving them.” (Publishers Weekly)


Corey, CLP – Main


2 Responses

  1. You can learn more about Roberto Clemente if you come to see Greg Kenney’s portrayal of the famed Pittsburgh Pirate. It’s this Saturday, May 7th, at 1:00 pm at the Knoxville Library!

  2. […] but I’m looking forward to it.  Everyone I know has been talking it up lately, including Corey’s review on this very blog.  And really, what goes better with summer than […]

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