A Fort Wayne Baseball Mystery

UPDATE: Only the magnet schedules remain. Thanks to everyone who emailed!

When it comes to surprises, not every one you get is a good one. Nobody wants to find out they’ll need a new transmission when they were only going in for an oil change. On the flip side, though, sometimes a surprise can be a good thing. Last week a piece of mail showed up addressed to TinCaps President Mike Nutter. Nothing out of the ordinary, as he gets plenty of mail each day. However, it was the contents of this particular parcel that sparked some chatter around the office.

While this baseball team has been the TinCaps since the 2009 season, the majority of the franchise’s history is as the Fort Wayne Wizards, which existed from 1993-2008. Surely, many baseball fans young and old have fond memories of the team, the players, and summer trips to Memorial Stadium. And we now know that there is at least one fan out there who collected some of those memories and has held onto them…until last week when they showed up in a box at Parkview Field. However, this box  did not come with a return address, and that is where our mystery begins.

This box contained oodles (yes, oodles) of Fort Wayne Wizards memorabilia–some of it autographed. And I ask for your help in finding out who our mystery Wizards (and hopefully TinCaps) fan is. Are you, one of the readers of this blog, the mystery fan? Do you maybe know someone who’d been holding on to some Wizards goodies? I’d like to thank this person for sharing some of the franchise’s baseball past. And, in turn, I will share it with you, as I will be giving away some of the Wizards gear. So please let me know (Couzens@TinCaps.com) if you know who sent this over to us.

Here’s what was in the box:

Two Sean Burroughs (1999) bobbleheads, and a Dinger D. Dragon bobblehead.

Two Sean Burroughs (1999) bobbleheads, and a Dinger D. Dragon bobblehead.

A 2000 Fort Wayne Wizards card set, including a player named Jacob Peavy. You may have heard of him.

A 2000 Fort Wayne Wizards card set, including a player named Jacob Peavy. You may have heard of him.

Dinger Doll

A Dinger D. Dragon doll.

Not one, but two Wizards beach towels.

Not one, but two Wizards beach towels.

Wizards Magnet Schedules

Wizards Magnet Schedules

A copy of the 2000 "Wizards Baseball News", autographed by Cliff Bartos, Gerik Baxter, Tony Cosentino, Vince Faison,Shawn Garrett, Travis Jones, Troy Schader and Todd Shiyuk.

A copy of the 2000 “Wizards Baseball News”, autographed by Cliff Bartos, Gerik Baxter, Tony Cosentino, Vince Faison,Shawn Garrett, Travis Jones, Troy Schader and Todd Shiyuk.

There are also assorted buttons from the 1990 season including those featuring: Barry Bonds (on the Pirates!), Bo Jackson, Dwight Gooden, Howard Johnson, Alan Ashby, Pedro Guerrero, Tom Brunansky, Kevin Elster, Steve Sax, and Chet Lemon.

So, if you want any of these things, shoot me an email Couzens@TinCaps.com, and I’ll either set them aside for you to pick up at the ballpark, or mail them to you–although the bobbleheads will probably break in the mail, so those will have to stay local. It’s my way of saying thank you to anyone who ventures to this section of the internet. With all the cute cat videos and BuzzFeed lists you could be reading instead, I’m flattered that you spend some time with me.

Until next time…put your Sherlock Holmes hat.

MUSICAL GUEST

Mozes and the Firstborn…take it away!

Thanks for reading. If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

MCsig

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