Friends Author Series: Bobby Valentine and Peter Golenbock, Authors of Valentine’s Way: My Adventurous Life and Times

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Join us for an evening with Bobby Valentine and Peter Golenbock, the authors of Valentine’s Way: My Adventurous Life and Times.

In Valentine’s Way, Bobby Valentine reflects in astonishing detail on the many remarkable moments that comprised his playing and managerial careers with Major League Baseball. It is a riveting look back on forty years of baseball, written with a novelist’s mind and a journalist’s memory, and in collaboration with baseball author Peter Golenbock. A once-in-a-generation book that leaves no great story untold, this is an invaluable document for anyone wondering what it’s really like to play and work in the world of Major League Baseball.

Bobby Valentine was the fifth player chosen in the 1968 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but his playing career was cut short by a broken leg several years later. He began his managerial career in 1985 with the Texas Rangers, before going on to manage the Chiba Lotte Marines; the New York Mets, whom he took to the 2000 World Series; and the Boston Red Sox. A second stint with the Marines resulted in the team's win of the Japan Series and the Asia Series in 2005.

In 2002, Valentine was awarded the Branch Rickey Award for his donations to, and personal work with, survivors of the 9/11 attacks. In 2018, the Emperor of Japan bestowed upon him the Order of the Rising Sun.

Valentine, a former analyst for ESPN, is the executive director of athletics at Sacred Heart University, the proprietor of the Bobby Valentine Sports Academy, and an owner of Makuhari Media, a company that produces sports documentaries. He was raised and lives in Stamford, where he was named Citizen of the Year in 2011.

Peter Golenbock, who also grew up in Stamford, is a leading sports author who has written ten New York Times bestsellers including The Bronx Zoo (with Sparky Lyle), Number 1 (with Billy Martin), Balls (with Graig Nettles), George: The Poor Little Rich Man Who Built the Yankee Empire, and House of Nails (with Lenny Dykstra). He resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Book sale and signing to follow presentation. Book sale conducted by Elm Street Books.

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This program is brought to you by the generous support of the Friends of the Ferguson Library.