21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred SantiagoWhile this graphic novel was visually stunning in places, with this nearly sepia tone feel to it images, interesting paneling and a nice mix of text with more traditional comic word balloons and captions, its narrative just wasnt that interesting.
It might be that already well-aware of the life and achievements of Roberto Clemente, this example of telling his story wasnt meant for me, but even if I werent it seemed very simple and straightforward (and in some places disjointed) re-telling of anecdotes culled from other sources. It did not use the graphic medium as a way to explore the more complex ideas of race and identity that Clementes story calls on us to consider - the secondary status of Puerto Rican citizens, the contentious relationship between African-Americans and (esp. dark-skinned) Puerto Ricans in the U.S., Clementes treatment by the Pittsburgh press, who were patronizing and belittling. . . etc. . . Most of all, the lack of almost any Spanish demonstrates Santiagos unwillingness to challenge his readers and the primacy of English by presenting a text that uses the two languages to shift our point of view and reinforce the feeling of outsider status for some readers.
It was okay, but ultimately missed a great opportunity to elevate both the comics and the biography form into something worth talking about and studying.
1972 Puerto Rico DC-7 crash
Three days of national mourning for Mr. Clemente were proclaimed in his native Puerto Rico, where he was the most popular sports figure in the island's history. He is a certainty to be enshrined in Baseball's Hall of Fame. He was only the 11th man in baseball history to get 3, hits, and his lifetime batting average of. Clemente, who was 38 years old, won the National League batting championship four times in his season career, was named to the All-Star team 12 times and in was named the league's Most Valuable Player. He was also one of the finest defensive outfielders with a very strong throwing arm. He led the Pittsburgh Pirates to two world championships, in and , the latter time being named the Most Valuable Player in the World Series.
Coast Guard said today that baseball great Roberto Clemente and four other persons were killed Sunday night, when a cargo plane en route to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua crashed shortly after takeoff from Puerto Rico. The spokesman said the plane, a four-engine, propeller-driven DC7 carrying relief supplies, apparently developed engine trouble after take off and was trying to return to the airport when it crashed into the Atlantic about a mile off the coast. The Coast Guard cutter Sagebrush and a foot auxiliary boat were dispatched to the scene, along with a Navy helicopter. They reported picking up debris but said there were no signs of survivors. An unofficial report identified the other four victims of the crash as Arthur Rivera, president of Interstate Air Service Corp.
He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in , becoming both the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be enshrined. His untimely death established the precedent that, as an alternative to the five-year retirement period, a player who has been deceased for at least six months is eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame. His batting average was over. He also played in two World Series championships. Clemente was involved in charity work in Latin American and Caribbean countries during the off-seasons, often delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need. On December 31, , he died in a plane crash while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
As a result of inadequate maintenance, the aircraft's No. After initiating a turn to return to the airport, the aircraft eventually descended into, or attempted to ditch into, the ocean a mile offshore.
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Clemente, Pirates' Star, Dies in Crash Of Plane Carrying Aid to Nicaragua
Born Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker on August 18, , Clemente played with the Brooklyn Dodgers' minor league team before making his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in He led the National League in batting four times during the s, and starred in the World Series. He died in a plane crash to deliver goods to Nicaragua in The son of a sugarcane worker, Roberto Clemente began his professional baseball career just after finishing high school. He signed a deal with the Brooklyn Dodgers and played with their minor league team, the Montreal Royals, for a season.
Roberto Clemente was both a remarkable ballplayer and genuine folk hero. On September 30, , Clemente stroked a double off of Mets pitcher Jon Matlack to reach the hit milestone in his final regular season at bat. Some 5, people lost their lives, another 20, were injured and over , were displaced from their homes. Swayed by the time he had just spent in Nicaragua, Clemente coordinated a extraordinary effort to provide emergency supplies to the victims. Even after sending three airplane loads to Managua, there were still supplies that needed to be flown to Nicaragua. Clemente was approached by Arthur Rivera, who offered the services of his DC-7 cargo plane to airlift the remaining relief supplies. By law, Rivera was to provide a pilot, co-pilot and flight engineer.