STAMFORD, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To Stamford’s Robert John "Bobby" Valentine!
Valentine, who grew up in Stamford and owns a home there, turns 64 on Tuesday. The professional baseball player was born May 13, 1950, in Stamford.
The Los Angeles Dodgers drafted Valentine as the No. 5 overall pick in the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft.
He played for the Dodgers (1969, 1971-72), the California Angels (1973-75), New York Mets (1977-78), and Seattle Mariners (1979) in the Major Leagues. He managed the Texas Rangers (1985-92) and the New York Mets (1996–2002) as well as the Chiba Lotte Marines of Nippon Professional Baseball (1995, 2004-09), and Boston Red Sox (2012).
Valentine has also served as the director of public safety & health for the city of Stamford, and as an analyst for "ESPN Sunday Night Baseball."
He won the 2002 Branch Rickey Award for his donations and personal work with survivors of the September 11 attacks.
In February 2013, CBSSports.com hired him to represent its Fantasy Sports business. He is currently the athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.