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Pride of Puerto Rico: The Life of Roberto Clemente [Paperback]

Paul Robert Walker
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company; Reprint edition (21 Feb 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152634207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152634209
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.1 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,322,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A biography of the baseball superstar from Puerto Rico who, before his untimely death in a 1972 airplane crash, was noted for his achievements on and off the baseball field. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It was my favorite 29 Nov 1998
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He palyed for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the youngest in his family, just like me. His dad made alot of money compared to the others that lived around them. Roberto rode his bike to another town to try out for a softball team. It was only a couple of miles from his home. His school was trying to teach him to speak English, and he didn't do very good, but he tried.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice and easy to understand. 1 May 1999
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It was so good that when I received it, I could not put it down till the end. That night I went to bed at 4:33AM. Mr.Robert Walker, 2 thumbs up to a well documented piece of art. Again THANK YOU for this biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book of Pride 12 July 2006
By W. Powell - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed this book so much. Coincidently I finished it just before seeing a ceremony in honor of Roberto Clemente with his widow Vera present at the 2006 MLB All-Star game. From reading this book I understand why the word "Pride" is always used when discussing Roberto Clemente. This book carres the theme of Roberto's pride from beginning to end. Pride not only in himself but in his family and country. Many may say this is not a book about baseball, but those who know the magic of baseball understand that you can't seperate the game from the players. It is the great person in the player that makes the game of baseball so wonderful. Roberto was a great baseball player and an even greater man. Puerto Rico should feel honored in having him as one of their native sons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pride of Puerto Rico: The Life of Roberto Clemente 7 Nov 2008
By PATH12 - Published on Amazon.com
I really enjoyed reading about Roberto Clemente's life. The book was very inspiring and I learned a lot more about Roberto Clemente reading this book made me feel much more pride in being Hispanic. It goes to show that everyone and anyone can accomplish what they want in life if you are committed to it. I like many others really admire Clemente because he didn't let the racist comments get to him or his lack of speaking English get between what was his most important goal in his life . . . his baseball career. I think that he showed that he was very committed to his baseball because he will play while being hurt or not, he wouldn't give up baseball for anything. In my opinion he deserved all of his awards and trophies, the respect he receives from many people and all of the young kids who look at his accomplishments and wish to be like him. If you ask me he is truly the pride of Puerto Rico.

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 11 Mar 2014
By Maritza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The reason for choosing this rating is because this book is truly
Wonderful. I feel so proud and honored to know that Roberto Clemente
Come from Puerto Rico. He like so many struggle racial profile.
But he continue and finally became one of the best players in the
2.0 out of 5 stars UNHAPPY 3 Feb 2014
By Dorothy - Published on Amazon.com
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Love the book - hate the condition it was in. The binding was falling apart. Not at all what I expected.
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy addition to libraries that want to present the ethnic diversity of sports 16 Sep 2010
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on Amazon.com
I was an avid follower of baseball through the later years of the career of Roberto Clemente and I never understood why he was not more popular than he was. His .317 lifetime batting average and the repeated Gold Glove awards as a best fielding outfielder attest to his great all-around skills. My friends and I constantly talked about baseball, but most of the time the subjects were Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Tom Seaver. This was unfortunate as Roberto Clemente deserved to be discussed along with these stars and receive equivalent recognition. Appropriate recognition is even more fitting given the fact that he died in a plane crash while providing relief to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
The purpose of this book is to present the life and career of Clemente and it is very well done. His childhood growing up in Puerto Rico is fairly typical of children in Latin America, where they play baseball with whatever equipment they can scrounge or simply create from what they have. Clemente was the first Latin player to win many of the most prestigious awards in baseball, a fact often lost on the modern fan is how recent the large influx of Latin players into the major leagues is. In 2005 28.7 percent of major league players were Latino compared to only 8.5 percent that were black. While Clemente was by no means the first Latin player in the major leagues, there is no question that he was the first to be a star.
Written at the level of the middle school child, this book is an excellent addition to the library of schools that champion diversity. The name of Jackie Robinson has deservedly been heard by nearly everyone that follows sports, yet Roberto Clemente's name is rarely heard. This is unfortunate for he was also a trailblazer and the role model for many of the greatest players of the last three decades.
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