Bobby Fiore
Fictional Character
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance;
Tilting the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct POV
Species: Human
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1909
Date of Death: 1943
Cause of Death: Gunshot wound
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Professional Baseball Player, Guerrilla, Revolutionary
Spouse: Liu Han (common law)
Children: Liu Mei (daughter)
Relatives: Giuseppe Fiore (uncle),
Unnamed baker (cousin)
Military Branch: People's Liberation Army (Race Invasion of Tosev 3)
Sports Team: Decatur Commodores

Bobby Fiore (1909-1943) was a Second Baseman for the Decatur Commodores, and a teammate of Sam Yeager.

His parents were Italians who immigrated to the United States to escape oppression. The family settled in Pittsburgh.

Fiore was captured by the Race's Conquest Fleet early in their invasion, and taken to East Asia. While in captivity, Fiore was unwillingly made part of the Race's study of human sexuality. He was taken into one of the Race's ships, and paired with Chinese peasant woman Liu Han. Fiore was able to forge a bond with Liu Han, despite the language barrier and their humiliating circumstances. They eventually fell in love and Liu Han became pregnant. Both were allowed to return to Earth because of the pregnancy and they lived in an internment camp in China for a few months.

To pass the time, Fiore taught his fellow detainees baseball. His pitching skills brought him to the attention of the Chinese Communist Party. Deciding he would make an excellent grenadier, the Party offered Fiore a chance to escape, so long as he helped the Party fight the Race. Implicitly, his life and his family's would have been forfeit if he didn't. Fiore agreed. He died while fighting in a raid against the Race in Shanghai after receiving three bullet wounds to the chest. His daughter, Liu Mei, was born months later.

In 1964, Liu Han and Liu Mei, themselves prominent members of the Communist Party, traveled to Los Angeles to raise support for their cause. By happy coincidence, one of the prominent figures they met with was Sam Yeager. Yeager gave Liu Mei a photo of Fiore from their baseball days, the only one she'd ever seen. Sadly, this photo was lost in a fire a few months later during a battle with the Race, but the women had sufficient information about Fiore so that they could write to the USA and learn more about him.