THE PICTURE HOUSE TO SHOW REPRISE JACKIE ROBINSON BIOPIC ‘42’ FOLLOWED BY EXCLUSIVE DISCUSSION WITH DODGERS’ TEAMMATE AND ROBINSON FRIEND, RALPH BRANCA AND HIS SON-IN-LAW, FORMER PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER AND MANAGER BOBBY VALENTINE
Due to an overwhelming demand, The Picture House announced today that is will show an encore screening of ‘42’ on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. and will once again welcome Ralph Branca, the three-time All Star pitcher, teammate on the Brooklyn Dodgers and friend of Jackie Robinson. In addition, Mr. Branca will be joined on-stage by his son-in-law, former professional baseball player and manager, Bobby Valentine.
This local baseball extravaganza comes two days prior to the Midsummer Classic in the Big Apple.
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.
Bobby Valentine is a native of Stamford, Connecticut where he complemented his high school baseball achievements by becoming the only three-time All-State football player in Connecticut history. After being selected in the first round by the L.A. Dodgers, Valentine went on to have successful stints with the Angels, Padres, Mets, and Mariners. When he retired as a player, Valentine was the third base coach for the New York Mets before being named the Manager of the Texas Rangers in 1985. As the Rangers manager he was named UPI American League Manager of the Year in 1986. In 1994 Valentine became the first American to accept a manager position in the Pacific League of Japan for the Chiba Lotte Marines.
In 1996, Valentine was hired as the manager of the New York Mets, where he led the team to the post season in consecutive years for the first time in team history and to the World Series in 2000. In 2004 Bobby began his second stint as manager of the Chiba Lotte Marines, leading them to their first Pacific League pennant in 31 years and a four game sweep of the Japan Series for the 2005 Championship. In 2008, Valentine was the subject of the ESPN Films documentary “The Zen of Bobby V.”, an official selection at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. Bobby is an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and Sunday Night Baseball and is the Athletic Director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.
Baseball historian Marty Appel will again be the evening’s moderator. 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.
Tickets are $35 for non-members; $20 for members; and $10 for seniors, students and children. For more information or to purchase tickets to the special event go to www.thepicturehouse.org or visit the box office at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham, NY. To become a member of The Picture House or to make a donation please visit www.thepicturehouse.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (914) 738-3161.