Happy Birthday to Roberto Clemente, Humanitarian and Sportsman

Roberto Clemente, the revered humanitarian and stellar baseball player, was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico on August 18, 1934.   Clemente was a phenomenal athlete and a complex human being.  He was a strong advocate of civil rights, and a dedicated supporter and associate of the Reverend Martin Luther King.  He wrote poetry, played the organ, and studied chiropractic medicine.  He died at age of 37 in a plane crash while flying relief supplies to the victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.  After his death, he became the first Latin American elected to the US Baseball Hall of Fame.  Puerto Rican journalist Luis Mayoral wrote, “Clemente was our Jackie Robinson. He was on a crusade to show the American public what a Hispanic man, a black Hispanic man, was capable of.”