California State University, Stanislaus History Professor Samuel Regalado, recognized for his expertise on the impact of Latin baseball players in American professional baseball, will make an appearance on an April 21 national public television special about the late Roberto Clemente.
Regalado will be interviewed during the nationally televised American Experience program "Roberto Clemente" on Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS). Locally, the program will air at 9 p.m. Monday, April 21 on KVIE Channel 6 in Sacramento.
A member of the CSU Stanislaus faculty for 21 years and Chair of the History Department, Regalado has appeared in a number of national television specials and was designated a Smithsonian Faculty Fellow in 1994. He recently released the third edition of his popular book titled "Viva Baseball: Latin Major Leaguers and their Special Hunger." Regalado is one of a number of History Department faculty who have written highly-acclaimed books and made television and film appearances.
In addition to being interviewed during the program, Regalado served as academic adviser for Monday's documentary film that was produced by award-winning writer and filmmaker Bernardo Ruiz for WGBH Public TV in Boston.
The program reveals that Clemente, who died on New Year's Eve 1972 when the cargo plane he was aboard crashed while flying relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, was more than an exceptional baseball player. The 37-year-old Puerto Rico native, who had established a special relief fund for the earthquake victims, was a committed humanitarian who challenged racial discrimination and worked for social justice.
During his 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemente led the team to a pair of World Series championships, won four National League batting titles, had 3,000 career hits, received the Most Valuable Player Award, and earned 12 Gold Gloves.