Coach Passes Away
Sioux Falls, SD: The Sioux Falls Canaries have received word that former bench coach Bob Flori passed away in St. Petersburg, Florida on September 9th.
Flori had a long baseball resume and after spending seven seasons in professional baseball as a player with the Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, and Chicago Cubs organization, he turned to coaching.
For three seasons (2005-2007) Flori was manager of the Shreveport Sports. In 1995 he put his name in the record books as manager of the Aberdeen Pheasants (Prairie League) guiding them to an amazing 56-13 mark, the best record in minor league baseball history. Flori followed that season with a 54-24 record and a two year mark of 110-37 which ranks as the best two-year winning percentage in baseball.
Flori coached in the Angels (Boise, 1992) and Expos (Gulf Coast League, 1999) organizations. He also coached the Winnipeg Goldeyes (Northern League, 1994) and the Newark Buffalos (Frontier League, 1994), Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds (Atlantic League, 2001) and was the skipper of the Northeast League's Aces in 2004.
"Bob was a terrific man and literally had baseball in his veins," said Canaries President John Kuhn. "So many communities throughout the country are richer for Bob having spent time there. He was a class guy and will be missed by all who had the opportunity to meet him."
Flori is survived by his wife Rita, daughters Karen and Gayle and son Mike.