New documentary on HTS paints stirring portrait of Clemente

Media Watch

March 06, 1998|By Milton Kent

If you've been a Baltimore baseball fan for any length of time, or happen to know someone who was, the name of Roberto Clemente has been seared into your consciousness for quite a while.

Clemente, who patrolled right field for the Pirates from the late 1950s through the early 1970s, virtually single-handedly beat the Orioles in the 1971 World Series.

"He didn't play right field. He performed in right field," said former Oriole Frank Robinson.

Despite four batting titles, 12 Gold Gloves and 3,000 career base hits, Clemente, a Puerto Rican native, felt underappreciated and misunderstood because of his race and heritage.

However, a new documentary, airing Sunday on Home Team Sports at 9 p.m., will introduce one of the great players of this century to an audience that either never knew him or forgot his accomplishments.

The one-hour film is co-produced by Fox Sports Net and Black Canyon, the production house responsible for the wonderful "When It Was A Game" series. The film combines interviews, file footage and home movies to paint an interesting mosaic of Clemente, who died on New Year's Eve 1972 when his plane crashed en route to Nicaragua to assist victims of an earthquake.

The film's timing is curious, given that it's not pegged to either Clemente's August birthday or the anniversary of his death, but it's well worth a look.

Lords of the rings

And you thought you were done with the Olympics for a while, right? Well, NBC, which takes over proprietorship of the Games for the next 10 years, commences with a 30-minute weekly program, "The Olympic Show" to ensure that you don't forget about the Olympics.

Airing each Saturday at 7 p.m. on CNBC through the Winter Games of 2002, "The Olympic Show" will take a longer look at Olympic competitors, past and present, with Dan Hicks. This weekend's premiere has features on Norwegian speed skating legend Johann Olav Koss and Cathy Freeman, an Australian native who won a silver medal in 1996 in the 400 meters and hopes to win gold in her native land in two years.

By the way, don't tune in late, for you won't want to miss an incredible montage of Olympic images set to stirring music.

The puck stops here

Fox (Channel 45) sends along the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh game for your NHL dining and dancing enjoyment tomorrow at 3 p.m., with Flyers coach Wayne Cashman and Penguins leader Kevin Constantine wearing microphones. Watch the language, lads!

ESPN has the same two teams Sunday at 8 p.m., but with a different twist, as the game will be the 1,000th that the all-sports channel has carried in its history. For the occasion, the game referee will wear a microphone, a first in league history.

Around the dial

Postseason college basketball will be in abundance this weekend, with the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament the big-ticket item. Maryland meets Georgia Tech at noon today on Channel 54, which will have all of the ACC tournament. ESPN's coverage is blacked out in this area, so don't go looking there.

The Mid-Eastern title will be decided tomorrow at noon on ESPN2, and ESPN will have the Big 12 and Big West title games Sunday beginning around 3 p.m. or after the ACC final has ended. Meanwhile, CBS (Channel 13) has a pair of noon doubleheaders this weekend, starting tomorrow with the Conference USA final, followed by a Big Ten semifinal. Then, on Sunday, the Southeastern Conference championship game precedes the Big Ten title game.

All of this is a buildup to the announcement of the draw for both the men's and women's NCAA tournaments. CBS and ESPN go head-to-head with their men's shows at 6: 30, and ESPN will have the women's pairings at 7: 30.

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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