Not only was [Roberto] Clemente a baseball player, he was also a Marine. Instead of playing winter ball in Puerto Rico during the 1958-59 off season like the rest of the league, Clemente enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, spending six years of military commitment as an infantryman. The rigorous conditioning and military training kept him in shape throughout the winter. Clemente remained in the Marine Corps until 1964, but this did not slow down his game. When the Pittsburgh Pirates started spring training for the World Series in 1964, however, the schedule conflicted with Clemente’s military commitment. The Pirates, supported by former state Senator John M. Walker, asked U.S. Senator Hugh Scott to consider Clemente for an early discharge so he would be able to participate in the World Series.
Read the rest: "Roberto Clemente: A Legacy Beyond Baseball" (The National Archives)
As a teenage photographer in early 80s East Flatbush, Brooklyn, Jamel Shabazz set out to document the then nascent movement of hip-hop. Through the iconic style of his MCs, neighborhood kids and gang members, the unequivocal attitude of New York’s youth was recognized as the calling card of the city’s creative renaissance.
New York Giants vs Green Bay Packers football program (1962)
Columbus Clippers #HappyBirthday #Bernie
What do you get the man who has everything? #FarewellCaptain
"In my opinion, I’ve had the greatest job in the world. I’ve got a chance to be the shortstop of the New York Yankees, and there’s only one of those. I always felt that my job was to try to provide joy and entertainment for you guys, but it can’t compare to what you’ve brought me. So for that, thank you very much. Now I’ve loved what I’ve done, I love what I do, but more importantly I love doing it for you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you very much." -Derek Jeter
Fort Myers Miracle 6, Bradenton Marauders 2.
Back in the championship!
Joe Torre reveals his retired No. 6 inside Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.
This is only half of them…
OK, the previous post with only Mrs Doubtfire was not enough…
Some of the many faces of Robin Williams… #RIPRobinWilliams
Inspired after reading this interesting piece about Roberto Clemente being canonized as a Roman Catholic Saint.
Illustration and text by Alex Leshansky (electricm)