Roberto Clemente was one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game during his, spectacular, 18-year career in Pittsburgh (1955-72). He could do it all. Hit for average, hit with power, run, field, and throw. He was a 12-time, all-star, a World Series MVP, a league MVP, a Gold Glover. There is not a major award in the sport of baseball that Clemente did not receive. Thus his nickname: ‘The Great One’.
The only thing greater than Clemente’s enormous talents as a baseball player, was his prodigious humanity. He was as fearless in his walk for dignity, and the dignity of others, as he was on the playing field. He gave of himself to his family, and his community. His tragic death came in an effort to give to others. Clemente died on Dec. 31, when his plane that was going to bring aid to Nicaraguan earthquake victims, crashed. He was only 38. Here is a great piece on ‘The Great One’ from MLB: