Google honored late Pittsburgh Pirates baseball legend Roberto Clemente with its famous Google Doodle on Friday, recognizing how he brought forth positive cultural change and ushered in a brighter future for many. Among pro athletes, Clemente’s acts of social good signaled the start of a new era for sports stars to be more than merely well-paid athletes.
Of course, Clemente was statistically an amazing baseball player. A superior athlete, he won 12 consecutive Gold Glove awards for his right-fielding and amassed 3,000 hits. Clemente could capture the imagination on the field, but seemed to match this other-worldly talent with serious-minded, selfless acts off the field.