42 Special Event with Ralph Branca

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THE PICTURE HOUSE TO SHOW JACKIE ROBINSON BIOPIC ‘42’ FOLLOWED BY EXCLUSIVE DISCUSSION WITH DODGERS’ TEAMMATE AND ROBINSON FRIEND, RALPH BRANCA

Event will be hosted by Pelham-resident Joe Solimine Sr. and Sponsored by

Nicholas and Lence Communications

May 13, 2013 – Pelham, NY – The Picture House announced today that on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.   it will host an evening inspired by baseball with exclusive screening of ‘42’ which tells the story of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke baseball’s color barrier, followed by a special talk by three-time All Star pitcher, team mate on the Brooklyn Dodgers and friend of Jackie Robinson, Ralph Branca.

Born in Mount Vernon, NY, Ralph Branca is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. From 1944 through 1956, Branca played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1944–53, 1956), Detroit Tigers (1953–54), and New York Yankees (1954). When Robinson made his debut in 1947 Branca stood next to him when players on the opposing team refused to take the field.  He is the only surviving member of that team.

Long-time Pelham resident and former professional baseball player, Joe Solimine Sr., will host the special event and introduce Branca and the evening’s moderator baseball historian Marty Appel.  Appel was the Yankees’ public relations director and a television producer over a span of 20 years and is the author of 18 books including ‘Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss.’ He was regularly in touch with Jackie Robinson over ‘Old Timers Day’ appearances, and interviewed him in 1967 while a college sports editor. Appel was a long time Westchester resident and now operates Marty Appel Public Relations in New York City.

The event is being underwritten by Nicholas & Lence Communications a New York-based strategic communications, public relations and government affairs firm. The firm’s CEO, Christyne Nicholas is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Picture House.

Tickets are $20 each with The Picture House members attending for free. For more information or to RSVP to the screening please email info@thepicturehouse.org or call (914) 738-3161. To become a member of The Picture House or to make a donation visit www.thepicturehouse.org or email membership@thepicturehouse.org or call (914) 738-3161.