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Hall of Fame (Roberto Clemente)
Song For Teaching Lyrics and Sound Clip
Jonathan Sprout

This song is available on Jonathan Sprout's American Heroes #4

Roberto Clemente (1934-1972), “The Great One,” was Puerto Rico’s most popular sports figure and the first Latino elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. He won 12 straight Gold Glove Awards and 4 National League batting champion titles. He was named 12 times to the All-Star team, was Most Valuable Player in the National League in 1966 and Most Valuable Player in the 1971 World Series. His .317 career batting average was the highest among all active baseball players. A committed humanitarian with a passion for family and the welfare of children, he challenged racial discrimination while helping the less fortunate. He lost his life while attempting to fly relief supplies to earthquake victims in Central America. Recognized as baseball’s first Latin American superstar, he believed it is not enough to play the game well. One must always give back.

"If you have a chance to help others and fail to do so, you’re wasting your time on this earth."— Roberto Clemente


Such an eager little boy.
Broomstick for a bat.
Tin can for a ball.
Not much more than that.
One day he gave that ball a mighty whack,
Sailing over a mitt—a coffee bean sack,
Far from the sugar fields of San Juan,
To the Pittsburgh stands … “Going going gone!”

Refrain: So much more than just the way
He played the game,
It was his kind and giving heart
That keeps him in our Hall of Fame.

Managua earthquake victims
An over-loaded plane,
Filled with relief supplies,
Takes off in the rain.
He knew there was a risk but he had to go
On a mission of mercy. He couldn’t say no.
Now, far from the sugar fields of San Juan
The legend lives on.


Bridge: He dazzled everyone with plays he made
And passion in the ways he played.
“He was a Superstar!” they all declared.
Remembered as the man who cared.



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