A multi-talented athlete that became an immensely popular and successful manager and baseball personality.
Bobby Valentine was born on May 13, 1950 in Stamford, CT, and excelled in athletics at an early age. He was a three-sport star in High School, and is the only three-year All-State gridiron player in Connecticut history.
Valentine was selected in the first round of the 1968 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and enjoyed a ten-year major league career. He worked as a minor league infield instructor before being named to the coaching staff of the New York Mets in 1982.
In 1985, he was named manager of the Texas Rangers, and was named UPI Manager of the Year in 1986. In his time with the Rangers, he had more wins and more total games managed than any previous manager in team history.
Valentine became the manager of the New York Mets in 1996 and led the team to five straight winning seasons. In 1999 and 2000, he led the Mets to consecutive post-season appearances for the first time in team history, and managed the team in the famous “Subway Series” of 2000.
He has served as a baseball analyst for ESPN and was the manager of the Boston Red Sox during the 2012 season. In 2013, Valentine was named the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut.
Valentine was inducted to the National Italian American Hall of Fame in 2003, along with his father-in-law, Ralph Branca.