The Angels are happy to provide speakers for local charitable, educational, and civic groups to provide insight about the Angels organization as well as providing entertainment by sharing their experiences as members of the Angel organization. Former Angel players including Jim Anderson, Kevin Flora, Dave Frost, Bobby Grich, Jay Johnstone and Clyde Wright make numerous appearances each month at various activities throughout the Greater Los Angeles region.
To request a representative from the Angels' Speakers Bureau, please mail a written letter of request on your organization's letterhead including the date, time, location, and a brief description of your event. Please make sure you include a contact name, phone number, and email in order for a Angels representative to contact you to confirm your speaker.
Please mail/fax requests to:
2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
Fax (714) 940-2244
All requests must be submitted one month prior to the date of your event.
Jim Anderson was the No. 2 selection in the June, 1975 free agent draft and played for the Angels as a shortstop from 1978-1979. Anderson was a part of the 1979 American League Champion Series team, where the Angels lost to the Baltimore Orioles. Following his time with the Angels, Anderson played for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.
Anderson has become an active member of the Angels Alumni and Angels Speakers Bureau. After his career in baseball, he entered the real estate industry in the greater Los Angeles area. Additionally, Anderson is helping to lead the expansion of a global company participating and capitalizing on the deregulation of public utilities and telecommunications.
Kevin Flora, a Southern California native, was born in Fontana, Calif., and attended Bonita High School in La Verne, Calif. He was selected in 1987 in the second round of the June draft and made his Major League debut with the Angels in 1991. Flora was consistently regarded as the fastest player in the Angels system. As an infielder and outfielder for the Angels in the Minor and Major Leagues, his career lasted eight years. Flora was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1995, where he played center field for their Major League club. He also played with the New York Mets and Houston Astros.
Following his big league career, Flora now is the Director of Operations for Big League Dreams Sports Parks in Chino Hills. He oversees all five Big League Dreams facilities, which has replicas of famous Major League stadiums.
Kevin now resides in Dove Canyon, CA with his two daughters, Gabriella and Alexandra.
David Frost pitched for the California Angels from 1978 to 1981. In 1979, his first full season with the club, he won 16 games and helped lead the Angels to their first division championship. At the conclusion of the season he was chosen as the team's most valuable pitcher by the Baseball Writer's Association of America.
Upon retirement from baseball, Frost worked as a floor trader at the commodities exchange in Chicago. He has also presented seminars and training to businesses on a wide range of topics such as motivation, team building, attitude, and stress management. Frost has been a columnist for the Orange County Register in which he wrote a weekly feature on sports and family issues. He has also been a frequent guest on radio talk shows discussing subjects such as life transitions, family sports issues, and athletes in crisis. Frost and his wife, Alla, have one child and reside in Long Beach, Calif.
Bobby Grich, who retired following the American League Championship Series against Boston in 1986, was inducted into the Angels' Hall of Fame on Feb. 3, 1988. He is one of only two Angels (Brian Downing being the other) to participate in each of the club's three Western Division titles. All told, Grich played in five American League Championship Series, 1973-74 with Baltimore and 1979, 1982 and 1986 with the Angels.
Grich officially became an Angel Nov. 24, 1976 after playing for the Baltimore Orioles from 1970-76. The native of Muskegon, Mich., concluded his Angels career with a .269 average in 1,222 games including 154 home runs and 557 RBI. One of California's most popular players, Grich became only the second player in club history to play 1,000 games-or-more (1,098) at one position, joining Fregosi who totaled 1,367 appearances at shortstop. Grich's .997 fielding percentage in 1985 established a major league record for second basemen.
Grich and his wife Zeta live in Cota de Caza with their daughter Brianna.
The colorful and quotable Johnstone enjoyed a 20-uear major league career with seven teams-the Angels, White Sox, Athletics, Philies, Yankees, Dodgers, and Cubs. During his tenure, the left handed hitting outfielder compiled a lifetime .267 average.
Johnstone appeared in four League Championship Series and two World Series- with the Yankees in 1978 and the Dodgers in '81. During the latter October classic, he connected for a game-winning two-run pinch hit home run, which enabled the Dodgers to defeat the Yankees.
Johnstone has appeared in several commercials, a number of game shows and starred in a television movie Casey at Bat with Elliot Gould. He also appeared in the comedic movie series Naked Gun. Johnstone resides in Pasadena with his wife Mary Jayne and daughter Mary Jayne Sarah.
Veteran southpaw Clyde Wright, author of the California Angels' first no-hitter at Anaheim Stadium, and a 100-game Major League winner, remains among the Angels all-time top 10 in seven major pitching categories. Wright's career spanned eight seasons with California, one with Milwaukee and one with Texas from 1966 through 1975. His best campaign was a 22-12 record complemented by a 2.83 ERA in '70 -- the year he tossed his no-hitter against Oakland on July 3. Wright faced only 29 batters, retiring the first 12 A's in order before issuing a walk in the fifth inning. His lone strikeout victim was Reggie Jackson.
He ranks third in Angels' history for most victories (87), starts (189), complete games (51), innings pitched (1,404) and games (226). Wright operates a pitching school by the same name at Home Run Park in Anaheim. The Wrights -- wife Vicki and children Nikki, Jaret, Stacy, Devon, and Derek, reside in Anaheim.