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  • Life of Latino baseball icon Roberto Clemente to be made into film
  • Los Angeles, Jun 4 (EFE).- The Legendary film studio, which produced "42" about the life of African American baseball legend Jackie Robinson, will do the same thing for Roberto Clemente, the first Latino ballplayer to be inducted into the National League Hall of Fame.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter Web site, the company has acquired the movie rights to the book "Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero," by David Maraniss, and has received the green light from the ballplayer's family to make the film.

    Ben Silverman and Jay Weisleder will produce the work via their company Fuego Films.

    Clemente, the Puerto Rican legend who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates between 1955 and 1972, won two championships, a Most Valuable Player award (in 1966), four batting titles and 12 Golden Gloves.

    In addition, he became the first Latino to hit 3,000 home runs.

    Clemente, known for his strong social conscience and commitment, died in 1972 at age 38 in a plane crash after he had chartered the aircraft to carry humanitarian aid to the victims of the magnitude-6.2 earthquake that had hit the Nicaraguan capital a few days earlier.

    Legendary's earlier film, "42," starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, received rave reviews and brought in almost $100 million (89.4 million euros) at U.S. theaters.

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