For many years now, my biggest influencer has been Roberto Clemente, who played Major League Baseball in the 60’s and 70’s. Roberto Walker Clemente was born the youngest of seven children to Melchor and Luisa Clemente in Puerto Rico on August 18, 1934. Although growing up poor in Barrio San Anton in Carolina, he was happy and remained very close to his family and to his country and its inhabitants throughout his entire life. Roberto was an industrious young man and worked various odd jobs including milk delivery. He began playing baseball with his brothers and friends and was eventually signed for forty dollars a month by a professional hardball team in the Puerto Rican town of Santurce. His natural ability got him recognized by a Dodger scout and he was signed in 1954 to a minor league team in Montreal. His …show more content…
The Surgency personality dimension includes dominance, extraversion, and high-energy with determination and is illustrated in this quote, “There was no doubting his greatness nor his influence on the champion Pirates. Clemente had played in the All-Star Game, the World Series, had won the Most Valuable Player award, and had led the National League in batting average four times.” (Thornley) The second personality trait is Agreeableness and includes traits of sociability and emotional intelligence and is well illustrated by these words:Garcia 3“In his life and death, Roberto lifted Puerto Rican identity to a new level in the world... Son of Carolina, Exemplary Citizen, Athlete, Philanthropist, Teacher, Hero of the Americas and the World. Believing the promised land was more than a vision, both Clemente and King sacrificed everything to help set into motion a righteous path toward peace, equality and justice for oppressed people throughout the world. On the door of the room Clemente used during Pirates Spring Training is a plaque that
Fernando Valenzuela, is a Mexican former major league baseball pitcher, and he played with the Los Angeles dodgers,California Angels,Baltimore Orioles,Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres; also with the St.Louis Cardinals totalling to seventeen seasons in the majors.Fernando is my hero because he was one of the best pitchers in the MLB, and there wasn’t that many mexican pitchers;that’s what inspired me to try to make it to the mlb because there’s people that tell me that I
Roberto Clemente once said “I want to be remembered as a baseball player who gave all I had to give.” One could easily say that Roberto Clemente left everything he had on the baseball field, when he played. Roberto Clemente was originally born in a fairly large city in Puerto Rico. Clemente came from humble beginnings. His father was a foreman at a sugar cane plantation, while his mother did little odd jobs such as running the grocery store on the same sugar cane plantation. Clemente even worked on the plantation to help bring in money for his family of nine and to also buy a bicycle. While growing up, Clemente was focused on baseball and track. He even won medals for javelin throwing.
Although Jackie Robinson was not the best African-American baseball player of his time, his attitude and ability to handle racist harassment led the way for the rest of his race to play Major League Baseball, amongst other sports. Being accepted into professional sports also helped African-Americans become more easily accepted into other aspects of life. Jackie's impact in the world for the black population is enormous.
Derek Jeter, one of the greatest shortstops of all time, once said, “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do- and I believe that” (“Jeter”). Sometime later the same man also said, “Your image isn’t your character. Character is what you are as a person” (“Jeter”). Jeter was obviously a guy that believed in hard work all the time, but also realized that he had to be great off the field as well. There have been some spectacular shortstops in the history of baseball, but none greater than the likes of Barry Larkin, Derek Jeter, and Cal Ripken, Jr. They all changed the game in one way or another, but every single one of them had great leadership abilities, a knack for coming
When people think of baseball, pitchers normally come to mind: starters, relief pitchers and then there are the closers. The closer is a crucial asset for a baseball team, without an outstanding closer a team could fold in the last inning of the game. To be a great closer, one must have excellent control, the ability to outwit a batter, and movement on their pitches. In order to be remembered as one of the all-time greatest closers, they must have the statistics as well as effective pitches. Mariano Rivera, the most well-known closer for the New York Yankees, was able to use his background to further his love for baseball by accomplishing many goals set during his career while also setting the highest rankings in baseball closers’ history.
Jackie Robinson’s career escalated into the big leagues due to a guy named Branch Ricky taking a chance on him. Ricky knew that it would be hard for him to do, but he knew what Jackie was capable of, he knew that Jackie wouldn’t retaliate to all the threats he got in the news, by both fans and teammates alike. Branch Ricky knew that it was going to be a challenge for a young, black athlete to do, but Jackie promised, to Ricky and himself, that he wouldn’t fight back. Jackie’s own teammates, of the
Jackie Robinson has made one of the biggest impacts on the game of baseball to date. Jackie was born in Cairo, Georgia on January 31, 1919. He was born to Mallie and Jerry Robinson and was the fifth child and the fourth son. Jackie’s father ran out on his family in hopes of a better life when Jackie was only one years old. After his father left, they moved to an all white suburb. At that time most neighborhoods were segregated, so his neighbors made a petition to relocate his family which fortunately did not work. Jackie was raised by a single mother and in poverty. When Jackie was about fourteen years old, he was part of a street gang. One of the people on his street told him that if he would keep hanging out with the gang he would disappoint his mother (Scott 31). In my opinion those words saved
Before we can actually talk about the success of Babe Ruth, here is some background and steps it took from him in becoming who he is. Babe Ruth’s actual name is George Herman Ruth Jr. named after his father. He was born on February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, Maryland to parents George Sr. and Kate (“Babe Ruth 1). The lack of parental guidance allowed George Jr. to become a bit unruly, often skipping school and causing trouble in the neighborhood and eventually when he turned 7 years old, his parents realized he needed a stricter environment and therefore sent him to the St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a school run by Catholic monks from an order of the Xaverian Brothers (“Babe Ruth 1”). Even though he learned school materials at St. Mary’s, this is where the quest of his passion of baseball begi...
Like I said, the biggest and most helpful inspiration was his grandfather but sadly, he died three years before Manny got drafted. "We always used to watch Opening Day, every year, when he was around in the house," said Machado, who traces the initials "F.N." into the infield dirt before the start of every game. "And now to be on the Opening Day roster, obviously he's not here to watch me, but he's going to be up there watching me from where he watches me every day." (Mlb.com and Manny
Do you know anything about Jackie Robinson? Well don’t worry, if you don’t I will explain to you. Jackie Robinson is an inspiration by entering the Major League Baseball and changing history. I think this because he made white players accept him and by changing segregation.
Mickey Mantle whole life was about baseball. He was even named after Mickey Cochran a hall of fame catcher. At a young age mickey had mastered switch hitting which played into his amazing skill for the game. Mickey Mantle Joined the minor leagues right after his high school graduation and was sent to the majors soon after. One of the things earlier in the carrier which
Miguel Cabrera, also known as “Miggy”, was born in Maracay, Venezuela on April 18, 1983. His real name is José Miguel Cabrera Torres. Miguel was raised by his parents, Miguel Sr. and Gregoria. As a young child Miguel first started playing baseball with his neighbors. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in his home country of Venezuela. Miguel came from a very poor part of Venezuela. One thing that kept his family going, was baseball. His father played baseball as a child on up to his twenties. His mother was on the Venezuelan national softball team for fourteen years. Miguel’s uncle, Davis Torres played Class-AA for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league team, before being released. Baseball ran through Miguel’s family, and it was something that they could all play together. When Miguel wasn’t playing baseball with his local team in Maracay. Miguel’s father, Miguel Sr., was a stud baseball prospect growing up, but was not able to complete his ultimate goal of becoming a pro baseball player. After playing baseball, Miguel’s father became a mechanic. If baseball did not work out for his son, he wanted Miguel to have the proper education to still be able to get a job. Miguel’s father stayed hard on his about his grades, and made sure that he graduated with his high school diploma.
The game of baseball has always had an enormous impact on my life. Baseball has been an continuous pastime since I can remember. I have my father to thank for the passion I have for the game. Spending my childhood with my father in the field practicing grounders, pop ups, and hitting in the batting cage allowed myself to acquire a love for the game. I will never forget the feeling of suiting up into my uniform and taking the field with my with my teammates awaiting the unexpected experiences I would face. Anxiously I waited, dreaming of the unbelievable plays like making the game winning catch or a walk off homerun I would perform in my mind to translate onto the field. With my parents watching, I strived for my opportunity to make an impact on the game. That had always given me excitement in the game of baseball. The best part of baseball is that anything can happen no matter what the odds and your judgement is.
What does a Visionary Leader look like? If I was to tell you that there is a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who was the 11th player of all time to get 3000 hits, won 12 Gold Gloves awards, four batting titles, and has been to World Series twice, would you consider him a visionary leader? Probably not but you would say he was an accomplished baseball player. However, this particular baseball player was also the first, great Latino baseball player in MLB and a great humanitarian. I’m talking about Roberto Clemente, a visionary and ethical leader. In this essay I will explain how his courage and authentic