PHOTO CALL: Baseball Legends Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson Visit Lombardi

By Matthew Blank
and Krissie Fullerton
February 7, 2011

Hall of Fame baseball legends Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson paid a visit to the cast of the Broadway production of Lombardi at the Circle In The Square Theatre on Feb. 4.



Robinson played most notably for the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles in the 1950s through 1970s. He won two World Series championships during his career and is the only player to win MVP honors in both the National and American Leagues.

Aaron began his career in the Negro American League, before beginning his major league career in 1954. He is the last Negro League baseball player to have played in the major leagues. He held the home run record (with a total of 755) for over 30 years. Over the course of his career, Aaron won one World Series and was selected to 25 All-Star teams.

Here is a look at the baseball icons meeting the cast of Lombardi:

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Dan Lauria, Hank Aaron and Robert Christopher Riley
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN



Lombardi is drawn from the best-selling biography "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi" by David Maraniss. The play is set over a week in 1965 — five years before Lombardi's death from colon cancer at age 57. The play shifts back and forth in time.

Dan Lauria (TV's "The Wonder Years") plays the late coach. Judith Light (TV's "Who's the Boss" and "Ugly Betty," Off-Broadway's Wit) plays his understanding, supportive and conflicted wife, who deeply misses the East Coast. Her feelings for home are aroused when a young (fictional) reporter, played by Keith Nobbs (Off-Broadway's Stupid Kids, Four, Fuddy Meers), comes to stay with the Lombardis for a week, to write a profile for Look magazine.

 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.telecharge.com, by phone at (212) 239-6200, or in person at the box office (50th Street, west of Broadway). Visit www.lombardibroadway.com.