Lino García, ESPN Deportes general manager

ESPN Deportes to debut The Clemente Effect March 10
07 de marzo de 2013

ESPN Deportes and ESPN will premiere {The Clemente Effect;}, a feature-length documentary that chronicles the life and accomplishments of Roberto Clemente Sunday, March 10. The film will debut on ESPN at 4:30pm and on ESPN Deportes at 10:30pm. The network’s exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the World Baseball Classic game between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico at 7:30pm will appropriately serve as a lead-in for the film on ESPN Deportes. “Our goal is to create compelling, original content that is relevant to our fans, and we hope that this documentary has a powerful impact on our audience and those who have followed his story through the years,” said Lino García, ESPN Deportes general manager. Forty years ago, Clemente died in a tragic plane accident while delivering aid to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. Yet Clemente’s legacy remains and his effect is still felt across the U.S. and Latin America decades later. The ESPN Deportes and Momen Film Inc. production takes viewers through Clemente’s life, from his humble upbringing in Puerto Rico to becoming the National League Most Valuable Player in 1966 and a World Series hero for the Pirates in 1960 and 1971. Directed by Mario Diaz (HBO’s Bazooka: The Battles of Wilfredo Gómez), The Clemente Effect is an ambitious work that draws extensively from archival footage and photographs of Clemente during the 50s, 60s and 70s, including never-before-seen footage of Clemente with his family, playing for the Puerto Rican Winter League and visiting Nicaragua a few months before his death.