The Other Boys of Summer Screening

Thursday, January 31, 2019 6:30 - 8:00pm

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ATTENTION: The location of this event has moved to The Great Hall, at 7 E 7th St., across the street from the original venue.

The documentary The Other Boys of Summer debuts in New York City on the centennial of Jackie Robinson's birthday. The film explores civil rights in America through the lives of Negro League baseball players. Narrated by Cicely Tyson, the documentary features never-before-seen interviews with some of the men (and woman!) who played alongside Jackie Robinson and changed baseball AND America forever. Through the lens of America’s Pastime, The Other Boys of Summer connects a generation of trailblazers to issues monopolizing our headlines today. These pioneers pursued their dreams and decades later humbly share their personal stories of passion and perseverance to inspire viewers of all ages. Director Lauren Meyer joins Jim Robinson and Pedro Sierra, two players featured in the film, to discuss the documentary following the screening.

Lauren Meyer is an Emmy nominated director with a strong reputation for compelling storytelling. Her work has been seen on dozens of networks as well as Netflix, Amazon, and many digital platforms. She loves championing the underdog and crafting beautiful imagery to share stories. She began her career in Los Angeles and is currently based in NYC.

Born in Harlem on January 21, 1930, Jim Robinson used to walk to Yankee Stadium and The Polo Grounds to watch baseball with his father. At the Harlem Y, he developed a friendship with Roy Campanella who ultimately helped him get a baseball scholarship to North Carolina A&T State University. Robinson played for The Philadelphia Stars, Indianapolis Clowns, and KC Monarchs in the Negro Leagues. He also played in the minors for the St. Louis Cardinals organization. After baseball, Robinson worked for the NYC Housing Authority and earned a master's degree from Hunter College.

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1938, Pedro Sierra broke into the Negro Leagues as a teenager and played for the Indianapolis Clowns and The Detroit Stars during the 1950s. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent three years pitching for the U.S. Army baseball team. Following his time in service, he spent five years in the minors and was invited to tryout for the major league by Ted Williams and The Washington Senators. Sierra went on to play professionally in Canada and Mexico; after retiring from playing baseball, he coached college baseball. He currently lives in South Jersey and is proud to have been part of an important part of American history. 

The event is free and open to the public. Please note seating is on a first-come basis; an RSVP does not guarantee admission as we generally overbook to ensure a full house.

This event is being made possible with the generous support of Rose Cali.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.