Athletes around the world strive every day to not only succeed on the court or on the field, but they also hope to make a difference off the field and in the community. Many aspire to be role models as well as sources of inspiration for youths, and for many of them, their dreams of being professional athletes sprouted from watching their predecessors compete. Puerto Rican baseball player and philanthropist, Roberto Clemente, was one of the most well regarded players in sport’s history and his story stretched well beyond his Hall of Fame career on the field. Clemente’s statistics ranked him among some of the best players in baseball history, but his role in the Latin American community and his powerful ethnic pride and humanitarianism impacted
Some people are great athletes; others are great humanitarians, but Roberto Clemente combined both characteristics in one, dynamic package. From his early years as a poor child in Puerto Rico to dizzying heights as a pro baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente’s life is one of inspiration and admiration.
He was born on August 18th, 1934 in Puerto Rico and died on his way bring supplies to a island that they needed after an earthquake he died on December 31, 1972. I will tell you about how he was brave first off. He was brave enough to move from his home in Puerto Rico to play baseball. He was also brave for being the first Latino baseball player which would cause a lot of people to make fun of or hate him. He was brave enough to go to the minor league for
Focusing on your own goals can lead to greater success by helping you craft your own goal to prosperity. Being an individual player can help make you a better player overall mentally and physically. Babe Ruth was born on February 6, 1895, and was an American baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball lasted around 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. He worked on his own personal work and world records. During Babe’s early life his parents worked long hours which resulted in him skipping school or causing trouble in his neighborhood.
Clemente gave back to the less fortunate children and families of his community by managing the Puerto Rican Amateur World Series team in 1972 and fulfilling his life-long dream of holding free baseball clinics to Puerto Rican children. Clemente impacted his community so positively and permanently, and his influence is still seen today in the stadium named after him in Puerto Rico. He provided a role model for these kids whom he had impacted and changed their lives forever. Also, Clemente was very humble about his acts of charity, keeping the public and media oblivious to many of his deeds. Ramiro Martinez, a Puerto Rican sportscaster once said of Clemente that, “he did not take photographers or cameramen, nor did he tell anyone.
Jackie Robinson was born January 31, 1919 in Cario, Georgia. Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play on a Major League baseball team. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947 to 1956. The owners of all the MLB (Major League Baseball) teams left out all the people with dark colored skin. African American could on play on the Negro League teams. In October 1925 Branch Rickey signed Jackie for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In college Jackie played baseball, football, basketball, and track. The umpires, pitchers, players, and even players on his team all got angry about the idea. Jackie Robinson died in 1972. Every MLB team retired his number.
Jackie Robinson was a game changer for all sports. He broke barriers in baseball allowing African Americans to play baseball. Jackie was hated at first but he didn't say anything and let his playing do the talking.Jackie didn't only change baseball he helped his community and the Civil Rights movement. Jackie is the most honored baseball player today he has his own day called Jackie Robinson Day in April and every player wears his number.
A relief pitcher spent 19 seasons pitching, for the New York Yankees, while also striking out the best hitters in baseball with his signature pitch, “a cut fastball”, this pitcher is Mariano Rivera; the five time World Series champion is now an author. Rivera tells about how he made his way from Puerto Caimito, a poor fishing village in Panama, to the pitcher’s mound at the Yankee’s Stadium, in “The Closer”. He talks about his life back in Puerto Caimito, he says “my first 17 years we lived on the shore of the Gulf of Panama, in a dingy two-room house on a dirt road, just a long toss from the fish-meal plant.” He said “by the time I came around in 1969, the house had gotten several upgrades—electricity and water—but still no bathroom,” he says
Nolan Ryan was a very popular athlete. Yet, lots of people don’t know much about him. Though Nolan Ryan is one of the most iconic baseball figures, many people don’t know about his early life, his career in the MLB, and how he has impacted baseball today. Nolan Ryan was born on January 31, 1947. His parents are Lynn Nolan Ryan Sr. and Martha Lee Hancock Ryan.
Jackie Robinson not only made impacts on the field that were monumental, but he made impacts off the field that were equally as important. Jackie helped presidents get elected, get kids off the streets and into the most prestigious schools there is, and most importantly he broke the black color barrier in baseball. Jackie Robinson is one of the most influential people to ever live, he did things that people would dream about, he stood up for what he believed.
Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia. Jackie was the youngest of 5 kids. His mom was very tough and raised all 5 kids by herself, her name is Mallie Robinson. Jackie was very proud of his mother and admired the way she stood up for her rights. Jackie attended John Muir High School, where he excelled in sports in high school and college. He went to Pasadena College where he played 4 sports, football, baseball, track, and basketball. He was very talented in all of them, but he really saw something in baseball.
An icon is a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol of something. This man was not only an Icon in baseball, but a civil rights leader, a father of three, and a role model for all young adults. Jackie Robinson was a small town boy who had big-time dreams. He was from a small city in Georgia and always had outstanding athletic abilities. Not only was Jackie a baseball player, but he also played a major role in breaking the color barrier. Jackie Robinson has lived a successful life due to his determination to break color barriers, his determination to prove people wrong, and his outstanding athletic abilities.
Willie Mays is an incredible baseball player with many accomplishments in life. Willie Mays was born on May 6th, 1931, in West-field, Alabama. He is the son of a steelworker who played center field for the Birmingham Industrial League Semipro. His mother, Annie Satterwhite, a former high school track star. His parents got divorced when he was three, so he went and lived with
Zachary Mirza Mrs. Scherer English 227 10 December 2015 Mickey Mantle Mickey Mantle, also known as “The Mick”, was a very successful baseball player. Some of his greatest accomplishments include: four home run championship titles, a Triple Crown batting average award, and three Most-Valuable-Player (MVP) awards. However, Mickey Mantle’s humble beginnings and influential family lead him to a successful career in baseball . Mickey Mantle was born on October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma to Lovell and Elven “Mutt” Mantle. Mutt was a famous baseball player himself.