To Pittsburghers, the story of Roberto Clemente’s life and tragic death is as familiar as any other bit of modern history.
But when Vince Mariotti told that story last week at a Bridgeville Area Historical Society event, it was almost like hearing it for the first time.
With the verve of a veteran raconteur, the Clemente Museum representative peppered his presentation with revealing facts about The Great One’s life, including:
- As a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve draftee, Clemente crushed the physical fitness test and quickly became a squad leader
- He turned down a chance for a cameo in The Odd Couple because he wouldn’t pretend to hit into a triple play
- Throughout his life, he had a premonition that he would die young.
Check out the entire presentation above.
The Clemente Museum is located at 3339 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201. Tours are by appointment only.