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The Clemente Effect

I don’t think there is a baseball fan alive that doesn’t know something about Puerto Rican baseball right fielder Roberto Clemente.

We are pleased to announce that an original documentary “The Clemente Effect” debuts on Sunday, March 10, 2013 on ESPN (4:40PM/ET) and ESPN Deportes (10:30PM/ET).  In the event that you miss the premier – be sure to check your ESPN listings for encore presentations.

“The Clemente Effect” will tell the inspiring story of an outstanding athlete, but also seeks to keep Roberto’s Clemente’s legacy alive.   Roberto played 18 seasons in the Majors for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972. Clemente was awarded the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1966. He was a National League All-Star for twelve seasons (15 games), received 12 Gold Glove Awards, and led the National League in batting average four times. In 1972, Clemente got his 3,000th major league hit.

Clemente was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973, becoming the first Latin American to be selected and one of only two Hall of Fame members for whom the mandatory five-year waiting period had been waived, the other being Lou Gehrig. Clemente is the first Latino player to win a World Series as a starter (1960), receive an MVP Award (1966), and receive a World Series MVP Award (1971).

Clemente died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 as he was delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.  You see, this too is part of Roberto’s legacy – his humanitarianism.   He would often deliver baseball equipment, needed items, and food to those in need in several Latin American countries.  What many may consider to be his true legacy, continues to live through Roberto’s Kids a New York based foundation founded by Steven Pindar and the Clemente family.   In 2012, Robert’s Kids distributed 45 tons of equipment to deserving youth in the US, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Uganda, Cuba, and Nicaragua.  The legacy continues!

There is no question that Clemente’s story is an inspiring one.  Clemente played Major League baseball at a time when a black Latino had many challenges to face and “The Clemente Effect” directed by Mario Diaz, tells the story.  This film was originally produced by ESPN Deportes, and counts with extensive never-before-seen archival footage and photographs of Clemente during the 50s, 60s, and 70s, as well as interviews with family, close friends and fellow baseball stars such as Orlando Cepeda, Juan González, Carlos Baerga, among others.

By Being Latino Contributor Veronica Pearman she can be followed on Twitter @VeronicaPearman

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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