Will The Clemente Effect Be The Next ESPN ’30 for 30′ Documentary?


Roberto Clemente’s powerful life is examined in an new documentary coming soon to ESPN.   That’s all the description states on YouTube when pulling up the trailer.

But considering we couldn’t find any listings of the Emmy-nominated (that means they didn’t win) ESPN Films documentary series 30 for 30 for the coming season, we would have to anticipate that the Great One will be included.

The ESPN 30 for 30 brand now also includes a 30-part digital short film series.  It’s called  30 for 30 Shorts and will be a collaboration with Bill Simmons’ Grantland.com (which is a rather cool site) and will be similar to feature-length films.

If you’re a fan of Roberto Clemente we think you will enjoy the trailer entitled “The Clemente Effect.”   It is directed by Mario Diaz, and it examines one of the biggest icons Major League Baseball has ever known.  As you know, Clemente was the right fielder for the Bucs until he passed away in 1972 in a plane accident.

Roberto Clemente was just 38 years young.  He died while taking time to deliver aid to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.   Some of the quotes in the trailer are haunting from the Pirates trainer to an unnamed voice who talks about people forgetting about Clemente as some disturbing pictures are shown in the background.

"“I’m surprised, I didn’t know they named a park after him. He wasn’t even allowed to stay in the hotels with us.”“They forgot what he did.”"

If you’ve watched any of the 30 for 30 documentaries, you understand it’s some pretty powerful television.