Life and troubled times of a Yankee prospect, at Manchester this Saturday

Ocean County Library’s Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will show the documentary “Long Road Home” about the life and demons faced by former top-Yankee prospect John Malangone, noon Saturday, May 2.

Following the screening author Michael Harrison will speak about his book “Pinstripes and Penance: The Life Story of Ex-Yankee John Malangone.” Malangone will also be there to discuss how he overcame his background plagued by guilt, post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, murder and mobsters.

Although seen outwardly years ago as a funny man, Malangone suffered inwardly for decades following a traumatic childhood accident. It continued to haunt him and turned him into a dysfunctional and troubled athlete.

Yankee fans and baseball enthusiasts will be interested in the sports angle of the story while others will be captured by Malangone’s battle with his personal demons.

Copies of Harrison’s book will be available for purchase following the program. Both will be on hand to sign copies of the book.

“Long Road Home” premiered at the Yogi Berra Museum, Montclair in 2006. It won The Bronx Independent Film Festival’s 2008 Best Documentary award. It was directed by Emmy-award winning editor and producer Bruce Spiegel. This documentary is not rated.

The program is free and open to adults but registration is required. To register telephone the Manchester branch 732-657-7600 or go to the library website www.theoceancountylibrary.org, click on the “Events and News” icon, then select “Calendar of Events.”

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