Roberto Clemente won two World Series with the Pirates, he won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award 12 times, and he had 3,000 hits. His achievements surely would have continued had it not been for his tragic accident. A shining star on the field, his efforts off the field were equally impressive. He arrived from Puerto Rico to the Major Leagues and became a symbol of the working class. His thick accent and Puerto Rican heritage often made him the subject of ridicule from reporters, who quoted him with phonetic spellings. In ’69, Clemente was quoted as saying, “The farther away you writers stay, the better I like it. You know why? Because you’re trying to create a bad image of me… You do it because I’m black and Puerto Rican, but I’m proud to be Puerto Rican.”
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