Playing in the Shadow of Roberto Clemente: Afro-Latinos and America’s Game WITH ADRIAN BURGOS, JR.


Roberto Clemente was a Puerto Rican born baseball player who played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was one of the most influential people in the incorporation of Latin American players breaking through the color barrier and joining the Major Leagues. Clemente was not only a leader on the field, but he also spent a lot of his time doing charity work in Latin America and the Caribbean where he would bring food and baseball equipment to those in need. Unfortunately, Clemente died in a plane crash on one of his philanthropic missions in 1972 at the age of 38. The example he set both on and off the field have continued over the years to have a lasting impact on Afro-Latino players.