Former Cincinnati Reds (1979-1985) and Minnesota Twins (1986) pitcher Frank Pastore passed away yesterday at the age of 55 after spending the last four weeks in a coma. Pastore had been riding his motorcycle home from his job as a radio host at KKLA 99.5 FM in Glendale, California when he was hit by a car near his home and suffered critical head injuries when he was thrown from his Honda Shadow motorcycle on November 19th. Frank Enrico Pastore was born in Alhambra, California on August 21, 1957.
Pastore was the Reds 2nd round pick in the 1975 amateur draft and made his big league debut with the Reds at Riverfront Stadium on April 4, 1979. The Reds used Pastore both as a starter and a reliever where he posted a 45-57 won/lost record with a 4.30 ERA. Pastore was hit by a Steve Sax (Dodgers) line drive off his pitching elbow in June of 1984 and he was never the same pitcher again. The Reds released Pastore in April 1986 and the Twins signed him shortly there after and he finished the 1986 as a Minnesota Twin. The right-handed Pastore appeared in 33 games for the Twins starting once and finishing the season with a 4.01 ERA and a 3-1 record. Pastore left the Twins as a free agent after the 1986 season and signed with the Texas Rangers but never pitched for them in a big league game.
After his baseball career ended Pastore became a born again Christian and returned to school where he earned degrees in political science and theology. In 2004 Pastore went to work for KKLA 99.5 as a Christian drive-time radio talk-show host and his show reportedly was the most listened to Christian talk show in the country. On his final radio show and just hours before his accident Pastore talked about his own mortality in a short timebyte that you can listen to here. Frank Pastore was survived his wife of 27 years, Gina; two adult children, Frank and Christina; and one grandchild.