The final memories of Clemente for most were from the 1971 World Series when the Pirates beat the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles. Clemente’s stat line was epic for a seven game series-.414 average, hits in every game, two doubles, a triple, and two home runs along with best in class base running, fielding, and throwing. Yet stats are deceiving– it was more that his force of will drove his team to victory– hard to do in a situational game like baseball.
Being interviewed in the locker room after the final out he said, “Thank you Bob (to announcer Bob Prince), and before I say anything in English, I’d like to say something in Spanish to my Mother and Father in Puerto Rico…En el dia mas grande de mi vida, para los nenes la benedicion mia y que mis padres me echen la benedicion (In the most important day of my life, I give blessings to my boys and ask that my parents give their blessing)”
— The Selvedge Yard