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American Experience
Roberto Clemente
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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On New Year's Eve 1972, Roberto Clemente, a 37-year-old baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, boarded a DC-7 loaded with relief supplies for earthquake victims in Managua, Nicaragua. A native of Puerto Rico, Clemente had established a special relief fund for his devastated neighbors. Shortly after takeoff the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, a mile off the Puerto Rican coast. Clemente's body was never found. Roberto Clemente's untimely death brought an end to a spectacular career. In his 18 seasons with the Pirates, he lead the team to two World Series championships, won four National League batting titles, received the Most Valuable Player award, and earned 12 Gold Gloves. Clemente's talent and inimitable style drew legions of fans, but as this AMERICAN EXPERIENCE production reveals, he was more than an exceptional baseball player. He was also a committed humanitarian who challenged racial discrimination and worked for social justice. Through interviews with relatives, childhood friends, former teammates and journalists, this biography tells the inspiring and tragic story of Roberto Clemente, focusing on him as both an athlete and a man, whose career sheds light on larger issues of immigration, civil rights and cultural change.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Roberto Clemente,” 04/09/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F492B5814D2840788AC95DD6AC1E83F8.
MLA: “American Experience; Roberto Clemente.” 04/09/2008. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F492B5814D2840788AC95DD6AC1E83F8>.
APA: American Experience; Roberto Clemente. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F492B5814D2840788AC95DD6AC1E83F8
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