Losing A Hero
Remembering Roberto Clemente 40 years after his death
On Dec. 31, 1972, New Year's Eve ended in Puerto Rico before the clock struck midnight.
At first heard as a rumor, then sadly confirmed, Puerto Rican baseball star Roberto Clemente Walker had died in a plane crash while en route to deliver aid to the victims of a devastating earthquake that had struck Nicaragua weeks before. He was 38.
It was unbelievable. Together with Orlando "Peruchin" Cepeda, Clemente was the island's main star in major league baseball. Among his accomplishments, ...
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