Alan Simon Books


December 31, 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the date that the world lost the great Pittsburgh Pirate baseball player - and humanitarian - Roberto Clemente. Pittsburgh native and author Alan Simon (THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR and THANKSGIVING, 1942) takes readers on a trip back in time to his own memories of Roberto Clemente in this nostalgic book.

Travel back to a 1968 game at Pittsburgh's long-gone Forbes Field on the author's father's 40th birthday when Clemente was called out trying for an inside-the-park home run in one inning...but astonishingly did hit an inside-the-parker in the very next inning!

Take a trip back in time to the 1971 World Series - when Roberto Clemente showcased his talents to the world - and the author's memories of attending the first-ever World Series game at Three Rivers Stadium on his 13th birthday and then celebrating his Bar Mitzvah while Clemente and the Pirates tried to close out the Baltimore Orioles and win the World Series.

Read how the author's memories of the 1972 Pittsburgh Steelers and The Immaculate Reception coincided with Clemente beginning the earthquake relief mission that would eventually cost him his life, along with his recollections of attending the Pirates' 1973 season opener when the city of Pittsburgh paid tribute to Clemente's memory.

Finally, Alan Simon takes us back to the 1979 World Champion "We are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates when the spirit of Roberto Clemente seemed to have still been present with his former club and some of his former teammates.


Four Birthdays, Three World Series, Two Holiday Steelers Games, and One Bar Mitzvah


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