Christian talk show host and former Major League Baseball pitcher Frank Pastore died yesterday of injuries sustained one month ago, when a car hit him as he drove on his motorcycle on the 210 freeway in Upland. Pastore’s show, broadcast on KKLA FM in Los Angeles, was the most widely-listened to Christian-oriented talk show in the country. Pastore was known for his warmth, good humor, and down-to-earth style.
The day of the accident, in which he sustained massive head injuries, Pastore stated on his show:
You guys know I ride a motorcycle, right? At any moment, especially with the idiot people who cross the diamond lane into my lane, without any blinkers – not that I’m angry about it – at any minute, I could be spread all over the 210. But that’s not me, that’s my body parts. And that key distinction undergirds the entire Judeo-Christian worldview.
Pastore was born on August 21, 1957. He pitched for Damien High School in La Verne, then was drafted and pitched for the Cincinnati Reds from 1979 to 1985, and for the Minnesota Twins in 1986. His religious awakening began when he was hit in the elbow by a line drive off the bat of Dodgers second baseman Steve Sax in 1984. That event led him on a journey to discovering his Christianity.
After his baseball career, Pastore went to college, then got his graduate degree in theology. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Gina, and two children, Frank and Christina.