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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The rows of plantings sway in the prevailing wind here, not far from where Roberto Clemente was born and raised by his parents, and helped his father harvest in the fields.
Clemente’s spirit hovers over the island here, and over Pittsburgh and other distant places, with his name attached to parks and schools. The island of Puerto Rico has produced other Hall of Famers, like Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Alomar, and many other distinguished players, including Carlos Beltran, Benito Santiago, Bernie Williams, Carlos Delgado, Joey Cora and Alex Cora. But Clemente will always be regarded as pre-eminent among players of his era and of Latin America, because of how well he played, collecting 3,000 hits in his career, but also because of the standard of bravery and grace he established.
Clemente died Dec. 31, More >