Roberto Clemente


Roberto Clemente was born on August 18, 1934.
He grew up in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Roberto was the youngest of five children. 
His nickname was Momen because he did not rush.  He often said "Momentito," which means "just a moment."  


His family played baseball together.
"We played all day and wouldn't care if we missed lunch.  We played until it was too dark to see," Roberto said.
Roberto made baseballs out of old socks or soup cans and bats out of guava tree branches.  He used coffee sacks for gloves.
He played on a muddy field with palm trees.  
Roberto once played a seven-and-a-half hour game and he hit ten home runs.


His favorite team was the San Juan Senadores.  Roberto paid ten cents to take the bus and fifteen cents for a ticket to the game.

Roberto's father worked in a sugar factory and his mother did laundry. They spent time together telling stories and listening to the radio.

Roberto helped raise money to buy a fence for his school.  He pulled an injured person from a fiery car accident.

When he was fourteen, he joined the Sello Rojo Rice factory team.  He played shortstop.  In high school, he played for the Santurce Cangrejeros. He was paid forty dollars a week. 

He threw javelin for his track team and he ran the 60 yard dash in 6.4 seconds.

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