Studio bosses have acquired the rights to author David Maraniss' biography Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero, and are planning a big screen adaptation of the book.

The biography highlights the late Puerto Rico native's career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as his devotion to philanthropy in Latin America, the Caribbean Islands and his home country.

Clemente, who was the first Latino inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, died in a plane accident in 1972, when he was on route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

The as-yet-untitled film will follow Legendary Pictures' other successful biopic about a baseball great, 42, about African-American sports icon Jackie Robinson.