Former Major League Baseball manager and ESPN analyst Bobby Valentine is scheduled to be the guest speaker for this summer’s Rider University’s 10th Annual First Pitch Dinner that is happening on June 20. Tickets will go for sale for $100 per person, or $750 for a table of 10 and it will be a three hour affair in the Cavalla Room of the Bart Luedeke Center on the university campus. Valentine is expected to discuss what a career in professional sports was like and how he managed to have jobs as both a player and manager, and what it meant for him to reach these goals. He will also likely discuss a humorous memory of his when he returned to the dugout in disguise after being throw out of the game as a manager.
The Stamford, CT native attended Rippowam High School where he was recruited by the University of Nebraska, Duke University, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Southern California to play both football and baseball at their schools. He ended up choosing to attend the University of Southern California, and after that he entered the 1968 MLB Draft where he was selected as the fifth overall choice by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Over the course of his playing career, Valentine also played for the San Diego Padres, New York Mets, California Angels and the Seattle Mariners. After retiring as a player, he went into management and took jobs with the Texas Rangers, Chiba Lotte Marines, New York Mets, and Boston Red Sox.
Valentine will be speaking at the Rider Baseball’s Pitch Dinner happening this summer at Rider University. It will all happen on June 20th, so if you know you will be in the area later this year be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible, as this is bound to be a sell out event.
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