Roberto Clemente was one of the world’s greats in several ways. He’s a baseball Hall of Famer who mesmerized audiences with his strong throwing arm and hitting abilities. However, he’s remembered for his humanitarianism almost as much.
In a lengthy statement given to Google – which published a Google Doodle in Clemente’s honor on October 12, 2018 – Clemente’s sons recalled how he stood “against injustice,” and “galvanized the hearts of all Hispanics across the nation.” The Clemente family highlighted Roberto Clemente’s efforts to use “his platform to better humanity.”
Google honored Roberto Clemente as part of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.
“He didn’t see himself as merely a representative of Latin America to the world through baseball. He saw his career in baseball as a way to help Latin Americans — especially underprivileged Puerto Ricans — make their lives better,” RobertoClemente.si.edu reports.
According to that site, Clemente once said: “Always, they said Babe Ruth was the best there was. They said you’d really have to be something to be like Babe Ruth. But Babe Ruth was an American player. What we needed was a Puerto Rican player they could say that about, someone to look up to and try to equal.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Clemente’s Sons Say They Are Carrying His Legacy Forward
An athlete who used his platform. @RClementejr21 talks about how his father used professional sports to be a voice of the people! pic.twitter.com/pJatJn23ma
— Cini (@MoreCini) June 29, 2017
Google released a statement from Clemente’s family members along with its Google Doodle. Clemente was married to wife Vera Cristina Zabala. His son, Roberto Clemente Jr., told NBC News of his dad: “He actually knew that he had gotten to a place that his voice was going to be heard; he was an activist. He was someone that cared for his fellow men, and being able to be heard was very important to him.”
Roberto Clemente Jr. holds his 9-week-old son, Roberto Clemente III, on the field during #ClementeDay at PNC Park Wednesday before the team takes on the Reds. pic.twitter.com/7iB5hXjK5f
— Matt Freed (@mattfreedpghpg) September 5, 2018
Vera and Roberto Clemente had three sons together. They are named Roberto Clemente Jr., Roberto Enrique and Luis. Roberto Jr. has a son named Roberto III, carrying the family name forward.
The family’s statement to Google reads:
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