May 13, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 40, Roberto Clemente (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, Joe Posnanski will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

“I grew up in Wisconsin, rooting for the Milwaukee Braves, loving Aaron and Covington and Bruton and Spahnie and Mathews and Adcock, but nonetheless Clemente was my favorite player. … I thought he was the coolest thing I had ever seen — the way he looked in a uniform, the way he walked to the plate, the way he rolled his neck, his looping underhand throws to second and his rifle shots to third and home. We all have someone in childhood, and not necessarily an athlete, that we connect to in some magical way, and for me it was Clemente.”

— David Maraniss, author of “Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 40, Roberto Clemente” at The Athletic