Legends Entertainment Group
"LEG provided me with direct access to former players who fit well within our brand strategy and budget. Our contact took the time to learn about our specific goals and initiatives and worked together with us to find the right fit for our needs." - Peter Arceo, Chief Marketing Officer - Talking Stick Resort
Our talent division, Legends Entertainment Group (LEG), is your one-stop shop for booking retired big leaguers and baseball professionals. Our extensive knowledge of and relationships within LEG’s talent pool allows us to develop comprehensive and focused lists of former professional athletes tailored to our client’s needs.
Through communication, collaboration and good old-fashioned hard work we have achieved successful results booking talent in various spaces, such as experiential marketing firms (GMR Marketing), public relations agencies (Weber Shandwick), Fortune 500 companies (Exxon Mobil), non-profit organizations (YMCA) and premier sporting goods chains (Dick's Sporting Goods).
Whether your objectives include impressing VIP's, elevating your brand's profile or making a lasting impression on your audience, LEG will learn about your goals and help you achieve them. Ways we can work together include:
Corporate Events -- Media & PR Campaigns -- Brand Activations -- Store Grand Openings -- Product Endorsements -- Conferences & Tradeshows -- Keynote Speakers -- Licensing Opportunities
Finding the right talent is only the beginning as LEG will continue to assists you throughout the entire process. Our one-stop shop services include:
Negotiation of Terms -- Processing & Releasing of Player Payment -- Travel Logistics and Booking -- Social Media Integration -- Execution of Talent & Client Contracts -- Liaise with Talent & Media for Interviews
Johnny Bench – Business – Speech: The Vowels of Success
Considered one of the best catchers of all-time, Johnny Bench was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Bench was drafted 36th overall in the 1965 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds, and would spend his entire career in the Reds organization. After being named the 1967 Minor League Player of the Year in the International League, Bench went on to become an integral part of the Big Red Machine. During his career, collecting 10 Gold Gloves and making 14 All-Star appearances during his career. A two-time World Series champion, Bench was fantastic when it mattered most, smacking five home runs and slugging over .500 in his four World Series appearances. After his 17-year playing career ended in 1983, Bench worked as a broadcaster for the Reds from 1987 to 1990. Currently, Bench spends his time traveling and speaking for business professionals all around the country.
Jim Abbott – Overcoming Adversity
Despite being born without a right hand, Jim Abbot found success at the highest level of the game, pitching for 10 seasons in Major League Baseball. Abbott pitched for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers from 1989 to 1999. As a student-athlete at the University of Michigan, Abbott won the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's best amateur athlete in 1987 and also earned a gold medal in the demonstration event at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Selected in the first round of the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft, Abbott reached the big leagues the next year without ever throwing a pitch in the minor leagues. As a member of the Yankees in 1993, he pitched a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. Abbott finished his career with 87 wins in 1999 and has since spent considerable time sharing his story of overcoming adversity with various groups across the country.
Darryl Strawberry – Faith
One of the most dynamic outfielders of his generation, Strawberry played the New York Mets (1983 – 1990), New York Yankees (1995 – 1999) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1991 – 1993) during his 17-year career. An eight-time All-Star and four-time World Series champion (1986, 1996, 1998, 1999), Strawberry and Bobby Bonds are the only two players in Major League Baseball history to amass both 150 home runs and 150 stolen bases over their first six seasons. Strawberry struggled with substance abuse and depression during and after his career, and has also overcome a battle with cancer. Since turning his life around, Strawberry has become an ordained Christian minister and spends a majority of his time spreading his motivational and inspirational message.
Jim Morris – Overcoming Adversity
Jim Morris’s improbable journey to the MLB is best known via the 2002 Disney blockbuster The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid. After being drafted in 1983 by the Milwaukee Brewers, Morris’ journey to the majors seemed to be impossible when he struggled at the single-A level due to reoccurring arm injuries. After retiring from professional baseball, Morris became a high school science teacher and baseball coach in Reagan County, Texas. Following through on a bet with his inexperienced team, Morris attended an open tryout for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and surprised scouts with his 98 mph fastball. Morris signed with the Devil Rays, ascended through the minor league ranks and made his MLB debut against the Texas Rangers just three months later at the age of 35. Morris went on to make 16 major league appearances with the Rays, signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers the following season and then retiring soon after in 2001. Following retirement, Morris went on to release an autobiography, “The Oldest Rookie”, which served as the inspiration for the feature film. Morris currently travels the world as a sought after keynote speaker and has recently developed the Jim the Rookie Morris Foundation, which aims to give back to impoverished communities by hosting mini-sports camps and donating meals and sports equipment to at-risk youth.
Cal Ripken, Jr. – Perseverance
Known as the “Iron Man” for shattering Lou Gehrig’s 56-year-old record of 2,130 consecutive games played in 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. is recognized as one of the most prolific shortstops in big league history. Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles out of Aberdeen High School in 1978, Ripken spent his entire 21-year career on the left side of the Orioles infield, first as a Gold Glove caliber shortstop and then as a third baseman. As a 21-year-old, Ripken exploded onto the scene in 1982 when he won the American League Rookie of the Year award after hitting 28 home runs and driving in 93 runs. One year later he piloted the Orioles to their first World Series victory since 1970, taking home AL Most Valuable Player honors and making the first of what became a record 19 consecutive All-Star Teams as a shortstop. Ripken would appear twice more in the postseason in 1996 and 1997. The Iron Man’s iconic streak, which began on May 30, 1982, would not end until September 20, 1998 when he sat himself down after a stretch of 2,632 consecutive games played. In 2001, his final season, Ripken was voted the starting third baseman for the AL All-Star Team. He homered in his first at-bat and went on to be named the game’s MVP. Ripken finished his illustrious career with a .276 batting average, 3,184 hits and 431 home runs. He has been involved with various charitable and philanthropic endeavors, namely the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Ripken is also an accomplished businessman, owning several Minor League Baseball teams, and has authored over two dozen books, including an autobiography and books on coaching, parenting and motivation. He currently resides in Maryland.
If you are interested in booking a speaking appearance with one of our clients, please contact Vice President of Legends Entertainment Group Chris Torgusen at Chris@mlbpaa.com or over the phone at (727) 898-8900.