Bobby Valentine, former manager of the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox, will speak to the Kiwanis Club of Wilton at their regular weekly noon luncheon this Wednesday, Nov. 9. Non-members are invited to attend the meeting for $15 per person, which includes lunch. Reservations are mandatory for non members, including guests of members. Reservations can be made by calling Bud Taylor at 203.354.0208.

According to information provided by the Kiwanis Club:

“Valentine, a Connecticut native, grew up in Stamford, where he was the only three-time, All-State football player in state history at Rippowam High School. He was voted as one of the best athletes of the 20th century from Connecticut by Sports Illustrated. He planned on pursuing a college football career at USC but was selected fifth in the first round of the 1968 amateur baseball draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Valentine made his MLB debut Sept. 2, 1969, against the New York Mets, a club he would go on to manage.

“All told, Valentine spent 10 seasons in the major leagues, playing for the Dodgers, Padres, Angels, Mets and Mariners. He appeared in 639 games and hit .260 over the course of his career. Valentine played every position on the field, except pitcher, during his career, showing versatility that has served him well since his final appearance on September 30, 1979.

‘In total, Valentine has 1,186 major league managerial victories under his belt. Valentine also has experience in the broadcast booth. He can be found on the sets of SNY, covering the New York Mets, and MLB Network, as an expert voice on the state of the game today. Valentine was part of the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball announcing team, with Orel Hershiser and Dan Shulman. He also serves as NBC’s senior baseball analyst. He is currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, and is also known for his philanthropy.”

Learn more about Valentine’s extensive career when he speaks to the Wilton Kiwanis at the club’s Wednesday’s meeting.

Kiwanis is Wilton’s first service club, founded in 1951. It meets weekly at the Wilton Episcopal Presbyterian Complex (WEPCO) on New Canaan Rd. from noon-1:30 p.m. every Wednesday for lunch and a speaker. For more information call Paul Hannah at 203.762.9951 or Bud Taylor at 203.354.0208.