Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience of hardcore baseball fans who would not be averse to reading a book with more pictures than words … in the new new media capitol of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!
By Bob Andelman
Do you remember where you were when you heard the sad news that Roberto Clemente’s had died in a tragic airplane accident?
The Pittsburgh Pirates all-star and son of Puerto Rico was lost on a humanitarian mission to bring emergency supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua in 1972.
I was a 12-year-old boy – a New York Mets fan – and I will never forget waking up that morning and hearing the news on the radio. It was the first time I ever heard of Nicaragua, but not the first I had heard of Clemente. A career .300 hitter, he had finished the previous baseball season by notching his 3,000th hit, putting him in a very small club of players to accomplish that. It was a sure ticket to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
It was also notable to me because I took it pretty hard. I had yet flown in an airplane. How could someone trying to help other people get in a plane to help other people and die? It wasn’t fair.
Nearly three decades later, Wilfred Santiago reminds us of the legend of this sainted athlete in the form of a graphic novel, 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente. It’s a curious yet effective format for recalling the life of a good man taken from us way too soon.
WILFRED SANTIAGO Website
WILFRED SANTIAGO audio excerpt: “Everybody knows who Roberto Clemente is in Puerto Rico. And everybody knows what he stood for.”
You can LISTEN to this interview with artist WILFRED SANTIAGO, author of 21: THE STORY OF ROBERTO CLEMENTE, by clicking the audio player above! Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 12 books, including Mind Over Business with Ken Baum, The Consulate with Thomas R. Stutler, The Profiler with Pat Brown, Built From Scratch with the founders of The Home Depot, The Profit Zone with Adrian Slywotzky, Mean Business with Albert J. Dunlap, and Will Eisner: A Spirited Life. Click here to see Bob Andelman’s Amazon Central author page. He is a member in good standing of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (member page).