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kevin flora, 1993 topps #521, angels

Player: Flora, Kevin

Card: 1993 Topps #521

Position: CF/2B

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"Everybody tried to have their answers: do this, act this way and it will make it better," Flora told The Times. "But time is the only thing that has helped me. If I would have hid behind baseball, I don't think I would be where I am today." (The Greatest 21 Days)

This is for MaryAnn.” (Kevin Flora)

Kevin Scot Flora (born June 10, 1969 in Fontana, CA) is an American former professional baseball outfielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the California Angels and Philadelphia Phillies, between 1991 and 1995. Drafted by the California Angels in the 2nd round (57th overall) of the 1987 Major League Baseball draft, Kevin would make his big league debut with the Angels on September 27, 1991.

Things were going great for Kevin on the on the evening of April 22, 1993. He was batting .359 with five stolen bases in the first 10 games of the season, and it would be only a matter of time before the Angels would call him up to the big leagues to stay. He when he was summoned by Vancouver Manager Max Oliveras. It was Flora’s father calling from California. MaryAnn, his wife of 17 months, and their 4-year-old nephew, Alec, had been killed in a car accident. Her mother, Alice McCombs, was in critical condition.

After that crushing blow, Kevin had to work his way back to baseball, and to life. He appeared in his final MLB game for the Philadelphia Phillies, on September 29, 1995. Flora then played two more seasons in the minors, with the Mets and the Astros to end his career.

(excerpted from LA Times, Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1992 Upper Deck #96


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2 thoughts on “Kevin Flora: 2 Year MLB Career, 4 years apart with tragedy in the middle

  1. Wally Damon says:

    Kevin, I still have your broken bat from when you played in Norfolk, Virginia! I was a fan. Let me know if you want it .

    1. BaseballAmoreRR says:

      thanks for posting Wally… If you have any digital images of old photos of Kevin/memorabilia you want to contribute let me know and I’ll post them on Kevin’s page.
      – The BBA Admin

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