Clemente could field the ball in New York and throw out a guy in Pennsylvania. He was a great player and deserved a longer life.
Broadcaster Vin Scully, in "He just can't kick the baseball habit" by Peter Leo, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (11 July 2006)
Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth.Roberto Clemente
In a way, I was born twice. I was born in 1934 and again in 1955 when I came to Pittsburgh. I am thankful to say that I lived two lives.Roberto Clemente
What was incredible about Clemente was not only how skilled he was at each part of the game, but this kind of ferocity that he played with on each play of the game — even in years when they were pitiful and they had no chance to get into the pennant or anything like that. He would throw it in, he would pick guys off who got a single who took too much of a turn going around first; there was just something intense about this guy that was not necessarily what was going on in Baseball at that moment.Roberto Clemente