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Since legendary baseball player Roberto Clemente died on Dec. 31, 1972, his family has worked toward continuing his legacy as the game’s greatest humanitarian.

That effort brought Clemente’s widow, Vera, and their youngest son, Ricky, to the area for a book signing at Carthage Federal Savings and Loan’s Watertown location. The family signed copies of the book, “Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero,” on Saturday.

“The person Roberto was, he was always helping other people,” said Vera Clemente, who works for Major League Baseball as a Goodwill Ambassador and annually presents the Roberto Clemente Award at the third game of the World Series to the player that best exemplifies sportsmanship and community involvement.

“His fans, children, he loved children, and people he never met before. He always was doing something for people and there are many stories in the book from different situations where he was helping people he didn’t even know.”

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