Pirate of the Caribbean

Clemente

The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero

David Maraniss

Simon & Schuster, $26, 416 pp.

Thirty-five years ago this month, veteran right-fielder Roberto Clemente willed his Pittsburgh Pirates to a World Series victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles. During a nationally televised postgame interview, Clemente bestowed a blessing on his three young sons and asked his parents in Puerto Rico for theirs. Clemente spoke English eloquently, but at this moment he spoke in his first language. “I had never heard anything in...

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