NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]
Didn’t want the day to go by without a mention of Martin Luther King Jr. and his baseball connections. Here’s a piece I posted on the last MLK Day. One from two years ago by The Baseball Sociologist. And another from 2008 by the popular and thoughtful Dave Zirin on King and Roberto Clemente in […]
Multiple Cy-Young winner Pedro Martinez will release his eponymous memoir, Pedro, next spring. The book, co-written by the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The family of Roberto Clemente has collaborated on Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero, was released last month. The book was the Hall of Famer’s […]
It’s almost inconceivable to me to think that we are coming on the 40th anniversary of the death of Roberto Clemente. That’s an entire generation ago and makes me feel much older than I am. Kevin Guilfoile took some time out fro his carer as a novelist to write A Drive into the Gap, a […]
Enjoyed reading a few … well, what to call them? They’re not exactly graphic novels since they deal with real-life figures.. Anyway… The first was 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente, which is described as a graphic novel on the dust cover. Written/drawn by Wilfred Santiago and published by Fantographic Books last year, this is […]
Unveiling the bronze statue of baseball Hall of Famer and humanitarian Roberto Clemente in Essex County Branch Brook Park on Sunday, June 3rd were (from left) Clemente’s son Louis, Clemente’s widow Vera, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and NJ State Senator and Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa […]
♦ Recently “discovered” At Home Plate, a nice little baseball site that posts the occasional review. Recent titles include Long Taters: A Baseball Biography of George “Boomer” Scott The Greatest Minor League: A History of the Pacific Coast league, 1903-1957 Hit By Pitch: Ray Chapman, Carl Mays, and the Fatal Fastball Wherever I Wind Up: […]
From NorthernNJ.com, this story about author Kal Wagenheim and the re-release of his 1970s biography, Clemente!
Roberto Clemente, born this date in 1934. Clemente!, by Kal Wagenheim Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, by David Maraniss And Buck Weaver, born this date in 1890. The Ginger Kid: The Buck Weaver Story, by Irving M. Stein.
Owen Canfield, a former full-time columnist and sports editor of The Hartford Courant, focuses his now-monthly columnon books about ballplayers whose accomplishments go beyond the ball park. The first is Ira Berkow’s The Corporal Was a Pitcher, the Courage of Lou Brissie. The second is a book on five CDs, Clemente, the Passion and Grace […]
The Hall of Famer, both as a ballplayer and humanitarian, would have been an unbelievable 74 today. As is the case for many such inspirational icons, the books are split between books for adults and and juveniles. Clemente is important on many levels: as an elite athlete, as a role model for kids, and as […]
In preparation for the April 21 PBS American Experience program on the late Latino superstar, here’s a New York Times’ review by George F. Will of David Maraniss’s 2006 biography. For a sample for the audio book, listen here: http://audible.edgeboss.net/download/audible/content/bk/sans/000683/bk_sans_000683_sample.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS
The PBS program’s Web site has been updated and now contains information about the April 21 broadcast, including a video promo, memories from Puerto Rican players, a teacher’s guide, and other items, as well as a chance for visitors to leave their comments. The program will be available for onb-line viewing after the premier. Thanks […]
An entry on the BaseballZealot blog notes that PBS will air a documentary on the late Latino star on April 21 as part of its American Experience series. As of this posting, no information as available at the show’s Web site, but keep trying.
Wilfred Santiago pays homage to his countryman Roberto Clemente in graphic novela form, due out later this year. According to the publication’s Web site, 21 is “a human drama of courage and dignity….Facing prejudice during times of change, his talent went unrecognized for most of his eighteen seasons. Clemente, however, never lost of sight of […]
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, by David Maraniss, narrated by the author. There was a multiple full-page advertisement in the Nov. 18 sports section of The New York Times urging that Clemente’s number 21 be retired from the game, a la Jackie Robinson in 1997. The first Latino superstar, the sponsors […]