Roberto Clemente was one of the world’s greats in several ways. He’s a baseball Hall of Famer who mesmerized audiences with his strong throwing arm and hitting abilities. However, he’s remembered for his humanitarianism almost as much.
In a lengthy statement given to Google – which published a Google Doodle in Clemente’s honor on October 12, 2018, Clemente’s sons recalled how he stood “against injustice,” and “galvanized the hearts of all Hispanics across the nation.” The Clemente family highlighted Roberto Clemente’s efforts to use “his platform to better humanity.”
Google honored Roberto Clemente as part of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.
“He didn’t see himself as merely a representative of Latin America to the world through baseball. He saw his career in baseball as a way to help Latin Americans — especially underprivileged Puerto Ricans — make their lives better,” RobertoClemente.si.edu reports.
According to that site, Clemente once said: “Always, they said Babe Ruth was the best there was. They said you’d really have to be something to be like Babe Ruth. But Babe Ruth was an American player. What we needed was a Puerto Rican player they could say that about, someone to look up to and try to equal.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Clemente’s Sons Say They Are Carrying His Legacy Forward
An athlete who used his platform. @RClementejr21 talks about how his father used professional sports to be a voice of the people! pic.twitter.com/pJatJn23ma
— Cini (@MoreCini) June 29, 2017
Google released a statement from Clemente’s family members along with its Google Doodle. Clemente was married to wife Vera Cristina Zabala. His son, Roberto Clemente Jr., told NBC News of his dad: “He actually knew that he had gotten to a place that his voice was going to be heard; he was an activist. He was someone that cared for his fellow men, and being able to be heard was very important to him.”
Vera and Roberto Clemente had three sons together. They are named Roberto Clemente Jr., Roberto Enrique and Luis.
The family’s statement to Google reads:
47 years ago today, the Pittsburgh Pirates won game 3 of the 1971 World Series in which our Dad went 1 for 4 with an RBI in the Pirates 5-4 win against the Baltimore Orioles. He was named the MVP for that series, becoming the first Latino to ever do so.
At the conclusion of the Series, he asked to say something in Spanish to his parents and children in Puerto Rico. With this act, asking for his parents blessings in Spanish on live global broadcast, he galvanized the hearts of all Hispanics across the nation. Today, we are proud that our Dad’s legacy is stronger than ever with numerous namesakes like baseball leagues, parks, schools, awards, and statues around the world celebrating everything he represented and stood for, including standing up against injustice and the importance of humanitarianism. Our Dad was an incredible athlete, but more importantly, he continuously used his platform …read more