95-year-old former Canary takes in team’s home opener

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - 95-year-old Don Toft of Sioux Falls explains why he’s here at the Sioux Falls Canaries baseball game Friday night in a matter-of-fact way, without giving himself any acknowledgment.

“In the third inning, they’re going to introduce me for some reason,” Toft said.It was the team’s home opener, and he was honored during the game. Toft played for the Canaries in 1947 and 1948; this was after he served during World War II. His 88-year-old wife Florence was with him Friday night.

Asked if her husband was a pretty good baseball player, Florence has a surprising answer. “I never saw him play, how about that,” Florence said. “We were married for quite a while before I even knew he had played for the Canaries.” Don enjoyed a lot of support Friday night.

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