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David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered, a biography of Vince Lombardi, delivers another biography of a gifted yet complex sports hero. One didn’t have to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates to admire the grace with which Clemente played the game of baseball. Off the field he was a model too, as evidenced by his ill-fated flight to aid victims of the 1972 Nicaraguan earthquake. In this skillful narrative, Maraniss documents that Clemente was the Jackie Robinson of Spanish-speaking baseball players.

 

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