New York - On Sunday, March 10, ESPN Deportes and ESPN will premiere their feature-length documentary The Clemente Effect. It chronicles the life and accomplishments of the Puerto Rican Icon Roberto Clemente.
The film will debut on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. ET and on ESPN Deportes at 10:30 p.m. The network’s exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the World Baseball Classic game between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico at 7:30 p.m. will appropriately serve as a lead-in for the film on ESPN Deportes.
Directed by Mario Diaz (HBO’s Bazooka: The Battles of Wilfredo Gómez), The Clemente Effect is an ambitious work that draws extensively from archival footage and photographs of Clemente during the 50s, 60s and 70s.
The documentary includes never-before-seen footage of Clemente with his family, playing for the Puerto Rican Winter League and visiting Nicaragua a few months before his death. Here’s a link to the trailer: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=8877640.
As stated in ESPN’s Press Release:
The ESPN Deportes and Momen Film Inc. production takes viewers through Clemente’s life, from his humble upbringing in Puerto Rico to becoming the National League Most Valuable Player in 1966 and a World Series hero for the Pirates in 1960 and 1971.
Along the way, Clemente faced numerous obstacles: injuries, an antagonistic press corps and the racial injustices of the time. But Clemente prevailed. Inspired by the civil rights movement, he became an unwavering defender of minorities, an advocate for Latino players’ rights and a great humanitarian.
After his death, Clemente was posthumously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame and hailed as a hero all around the world. Statues erected in his honor and institutions were named after him.
But The Clemente Effect goes one step further to explore how his legacy has fared in the last 40 years, focusing on his legacy in Pittsburgh, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, where Clemente’s dream of creating a Sports City became a reality for some time.
We at Latino Sports will definitely encourage that you invest the time to watch this documentary.
While we’re happy that ESPN Deportes and ESPN created this documentary, I am ecstatic how our organization, Latino Sports have continued to honor the life of Pittsburgh Pirates Legend Roberto Clemente.
From our retire 21 movement to our annual “21 Days of Clemente” symposium series where fans of Roberto Clemente have the opportunity to meet every Monday in the Bronx to share and listen to a guest speaker discuss the impact that Roberto Clemente has had in his/her life. Here’s also a link of the articles we written about Roberto Clemente over the years: http://bit.ly/103WfIx.
I’m also proud of the documentary we did a few years ago. Titled the Legacy of 21, our documentary on the life and legacy of Baseball sensation Roberto Clemente. Here’s our trailer for you to see: http://youtu.be/WNw_BvCDxWw.
Please, I ask all of you please make the time to watch this documentary because it’s time for many to remember the contribution of this great Puerto Rican Icon to the point where Major League Baseball has to consider retiring his number.
Whenever I’m asked why I believe Roberto Clemente’s number 21 should be retired by Major League Baseball, I simply asked that individual to tell me of another athlete from any sport who has as many schools and parks named after him. Nuff Said.