(NEW YORK/WCBS 880) — Bobby Valentine had a story tell.
While joining WFAN’s Boomer & Carton show in June, Bobby V. recalled coming to the University of Southern California with dreams of succeeding the USC Trojans’ star running back, O.J. Simpson.
“He showed me around campus, I can say that,” Valentine said of the Heisman Trophy winner. At the time, Simpson was also a strong competitor in track, a crossover near and dear to Valentine’s heart as well.
“You couldn’t try out with your own sport, and I was there for a football scholarship and a baseball scholarship, but I ran with the track team,” he said. “(O.J. Simpson) was with the Olympic track team in 880, the track team with Earl McCullouch and others. That’s how they found out whether or not I was a cool looking athlete.
“The one thing I could do was run,” Valentine said.
Valentine would go on to a legendary career himself on the baseball field, both as a player and manager, including his time managing the New York Mets from 1996 to 2002.
Bobby V. will return as a storyteller for “A Night Of New York Stories,” a one-night-only event at the PlayStation Theater on Aug. 8.
Hosted by WCBS Newsradio 880, the star-studded event will also include multiple Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett, bandleader Paul Shaffer, award-winning journalist Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes,” former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and, from the sports world, Adam Graves and George Martin.
Anchors Wayne Cabot and Alex Silverman will host the storytelling event. The night will conclude with Bennett singing a few of his classic hits.
Showtime is set for 8 p.m., but doors will open at 6 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with station personalities, including Joe Connolly, Craig Allen, Tom Kaminski, Steve Scott, Pat Farnack, Marla Diamond, Brad Heller, Todd Glickman, Jeffrey Lyons, Steven Greenberg and more.