Stamford native Bobby Valentine confident new Jackie Robinson movie will inspire

Valentine says he learned a great deal about Robinson's difficulties through his father-in-law, Ralph Branca.

Valentine says he learned a great deal about Robinson's difficulties through his father-in-law, Ralph Branca. (4/12/13)

NORWALK - Former Mets manager and Stamford native Bobby Valentine shared his memories of Jackie Robinson earlier today.

Valentine says he learned a great deal about Robinson's difficulties through his father-in-law, Ralph Branca, who was one of Robinson's teammates back in 1947. He also adds that racism continued in baseball well past the debut of No. 42.

As for the new movie highlighting Robinson's life and career, Valentine says he hopes it inspires people to see beyond skin color.
 

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