The Fort Wayne MSBL was founded
in 1992 to satisfy the need for adult, amateur baseball in
the Fort Wayne area by giving men 28 years of age and older
an alternative to softball. The Fort Wayne MSBL is a member
of the National MSBL which consists of over 300 local affiliates,
over 3,000 teams and more than 44,000 members. The MSBL members
are serious amateur athletes of various skill levels ranging
from high school players to ex-professionals.
The Fort Wayne MSBL generally plays a 22-game schedule that
begins in late April to early May and concludes with a playoff
tournament in September. Games are played in and around the
Fort Wayne area and include Leo, Decatur, Huntington, and
Churubusco. Depending on availability and funding, the league
has offered games to its athletes in Memorial Stadium, the
home of the Sand Diego Padres' single A affiliate the Fort
This year, 2005, the league is developing, in addition to
its regular season, a fall season that will begin in late
August/early September and finish in October. The league
is trying to provide additional play for athletes who wish
to have an extended season, and to athletes who may more
conveniently fit into the fall season. This fall season will
also allow players who compete in the fall national tournaments
an opportunity to continue competing until the time of the
There are two national tournaments each year, the MSBL World
Series and the Fall Classic which take place in Arizona and
Florida, respectively. The FWMSBL has continually been represented
in both tournaments for nearly the last eight years.
In 1993, the Fort Wayne MSBL highlighted the Fort Wayne sports
scene with a benefit game for the Northeast Indiana Easter
Seal Society. For one evening, August 26, Memorial Stadium
became a 'field of dreams'. Some of the greatest names
in Major League Baseball played against players from the
FWMSBL. Some of the legendary names included Johnny Bench,
Bert Campaneris, George Foster, Mark Fidrych, Doug Flynn,
Bill Lee, Mike Torrez, Bill Almon, and Pedro Borbon.
In 1997 the league consisted of six teams.
In 2003 the league expanded to 12 teams across two divisions,
American and National Leagues. The American League included
the teams: Rangers, Yankees, Indians, Tigers, Athletics,
and Orioles. The National League teams were the Reds, Giants,
Brewers, Marlins, Diamond Backs, and Cardinals.
In 2007 the league was again reorganized to maintain a 12
team league which includes the Rangers, Indians, Tigers,
Athletics, Cubs, Red Sox, Reds, Angels, Yankees, Marlins,
Diamond Backs, and Cardinals.