Hispanic Heritage Month is coming to a close and Google is giving Roberto Clemente a well-deserved shout out. Clemente died 45 years ago in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972 while taking aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He was 38 years old when he died. The baseball star would have been 84 years old this year.
Roberto Clemente is being honored in today’s Google Doodle.
The illustrator of the Google Doodle is Peruvian American artist Roxie Vizcarra. According to Google, Clemente is quoted as saying, “I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all he had to give.” Vizcarra seems to have added this information to the doodle with the heart shaped laces work on the baseball in the top left corner.
Puerto Ricans all over are celebrating the Google Doodle for sharing Puerto Rican history.
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) October 12, 2018
Rosie Perez pretty much sums up how all the Boricuas are feeling about this Google Doodle. Clemente was inducted to the MLB Hall of Fame just a few months after his tragic death. He was the first Latino indcuted into the MLB Hall of Fame.
His time on the field as a Puerto Rican baseball star gives a lot of Puerto Ricans a sense of national pride.
google is celebrating roberto clemente today & i couldn’t be happier. here’s to the greatest ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3xfWtPsgWs
— reina🌙🌞💫🌎 (@lifebyreina) October 12, 2018
Representation is one of the most important things people can experience. Seeing people who look like you thriving in their careers and professions is something that can lift up whole communities. This is the legacy that Clemente has left behind within the Puerto Rican and Afro-Latino communities.
The most common sentiment you’ll find around this Google Doodle is a love and appreciation for Clemente’s illustrated shout out.
Puerto Ricans are taught about pride from birth. My pride went supersonic the day I discovered Roberto Clemente. Love this Google Doodle and how the flag follows the trajectory of the ball Clemente no doubt crushed. 🇵🇷 #orgulloso pic.twitter.com/myNPxnFycK
— David Betancourt (@adcfanboy) October 12, 2018
Clemente broke many barriers in baseball for Latinos and continues to be a source of inspiration and pride in the Latino and Puerto Rican communities. This illustration is one of the greatest ways to end a month dedicated to celebrating and uplifting the Latino community. ¡Wepa!