Roberto Clemente: Bat and Book – Playmakerjournal


Roberto Clemente: Bat and Book

Clemente Bat Order


3000 Clemente Hit


The top image is the Louisville Slugger bat order card for Roberto Clemente. It ends when he died in 1972. His plane crashed when he was en route to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

The image below is the scorecard from the September 30, 1972 game against the New York Mets at Three Rivers Stadium. In the fourth inning he hit a double off Jon Matlack for his 3,000 hit.

This is related to one of my favorite books about baseball. Kevin Guifoile's "A Drive into the Gap" is a book about a fathers and sons; it is a memoir and a mystery that reads like a detective story; and it is about Roberto Clemente and what happened to the bat that he used for his 3,000 career hit.

I love the narrative and the book itself. Published by Field Notes, the book is a perfect bound softcover that is 70 pages and only 4 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches. The typography is handsome and you notice the paper quality when turning the page. This size of the book is the perfect medium for this length of writing. It is the kind of book you want to slip into your pocket when you are going on a trip and you know you will have some down time where you can savor a good story.