Read about the graceful player and man who was Roberto Clemente who help increase the profile for Latin players.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roberto_Clemente. I have always heard he carried himself with class and a need to help people.
he was great player with a canon arm quick graceful legs and powerful but smooth swing I wish had been alive during his career but some great videos on youtube like this show his artistryhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzR5RvttxJ0
Roberto got exactly 3000 hits
Neil Walker the Prirates 2nd baseman owes his very existance to Roberto Clemente Before Neil was born, his dad Tom played winter ball with Clemente. Tom helped load that ill fated plane with earthquake supplies that Roberto was going to personally deliver so he could be sure they got to the people in Niccagurra who really needed them. Tom wanted to go along but Roberto ,having fears about the safety of the mission told Tom to stay.
After Roberto’s death Commissoner Bowie Kuhn asked Coopertown to waive the 6yr wait for Hall of Fame induction. So Roberto was elected to the HOF in 1973. Also in 1973 the Comminsher’s award for community service was renamed in Roberto’s honor. Fan’s can now vote to pick the one from this list of nominees https://secure.mlb.com/sponsors/chevy/clemente/y2013/index.jsp A player can only win once during his career. I normally do not vote on this because it hard to judge” good deeds” Since Todd Helton is retiring at seasons end I may vote for him. Would be an awesome way for a good player and classy guy to go out