Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: David Maraniss

Narrated By: David Maraniss

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: April 2006

Duration: 6 hours 0 minutes


On New Year's Eve 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a hero's death, killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver food and medical supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake. David Maraniss now brings the great baseball player brilliantly back to life in Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero.

Maraniss offers thrilling accounts of Clemente's underdog Pirates' two World Series victories, but Clemente is for more than just another baseball book. Roberto Clemente was a work of art in a game too often defined by statistics. He was also that rare athlete who rose above sports to become a symbol of larger themes, the Jackie Robinson of the Spanish-speaking world, who paved the way for waves of Latino players who followed in later generations.

The Clemente that Maraniss evokes was a ballplayer of determination, grace, and dignity who insisted that his responsibilities extended beyond the playing field. With narrative sweep and meticulous detail, Clemente captures the myth and the real man, and retraces his final days, using newly uncovered documents to reveal the corruption and negligence that led the unwitting hero on a mission of mercy toward his untimely death.


  • Bruce

    I learned a lot about an important figure before my time.

  • Anonymous

    Having grown up in Pittsburgh and seeing Roberto Clemente play- I was amazed at the memories the author was able to stir up as the book unfolded. Names, places and events. It was like a trip back in time. I thought he did a great job of keeping things factual yet interesting enough that you wanted to see what was next. It is a sad story in many ways. The author does a very nice job of bringing out information that was new informtion for me. It is a great personal story even if you were not a Pirate's fan.

  • Anonymous

    Great insight to both Clemente and the era he lived in. Definitely a historical account and not an edge of your seat story. I felt the narrator was a little dry.

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