Roberto Clemente lived in two worlds. One was
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Pirates, the major leagues, awards,
fans, and media. The other was Carolina, Puerto Rico, Caribbean
baseball, home, family, leisure, and personal dreams.
His first great sense of accomplishment was being
able to give his parents a house in the El Comandante development
in Carolina. It was back in Carolina, after nearly ten years and
a World Series Championship with the Pirates, that Clemente met
the hometown girl who became his wife. When Roberto and Vera Zabala
were married, the governor of Puerto Rico was a guest of honor.
When it came time for the births of each of the three Clemente
sons, Roberto insisted that Vera return to Puerto Rico so that
they would be born on Puerto Rican soil. Roberto loved his homeland.
him as a ballplayer, but he was so much more. He was a father,
a husband, a wonderful man."
Who am I?
I am a small point in the eye of the full moon.
I only need one ray of the sun to warm my face.
I only need one breeze from the Alisios to refresh my soul.
What else can I ask if I know that my sons really love me.
—Roberto Clemente, a poem written one Father’s Day