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Clemente quietly grew in stature

Updated: September 9, 2006, 12:10 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

"It's not just a death, it's a hero's death. A lot of athletes do wonderful things  but they don't die doing it," says former teammate Steve Blass about Roberto Clemente on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

Playing in an era dominated by the likes of Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente was usually overlooked by fans when they discussed great players. Not until late in his 18-year career did the public appreciate the many talents of the 12-time All-Star ...

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