What are the chances of finding a baseball glove 40 years after losing it?
The chances are slim to none. However, sometimes life is full of surprises and serendipity!
Julie Anne and Mike Lisi, of Willoughby, Ohio, have a habit of visiting the Jupiter Goodwill Super Store in Florida every Wednesday before going to church.
And on Aug. 29, 2018, while Julie Anne was looking through the secondhand items lined on the shelves in the thrift store, a dull brown baseball glove lying on the bottom shelf caught her attention.
Julie Anne saw her son’s name “Christopher Lisi”—clearly written in black marker ink—on the glove.
“I always put my kids’ names on the inside and outside of the glove,” she told FOX8.
She recalled 40 years ago in 1978, her then-12-year-old son had lost his baseball glove after the Willoughby Baseball League’s Championship.
“He says he remembers they took pictures and everything and he must have left his mitt at the ballpark at Todd Field in Willoughby,” she said.
Julie Anne was merely browsing through the store in search of toys to give away on mission trips. Unbelievably, she ended up discovering her son’s missing baseball glove at least 1,171 miles away in Florida.
Her legs got wobbly as she made the serendipitous find.
Seeing Julie Anne’s shocking expression, Mike thought something horrifying had happened to her.
“She had a terrible look on her face,” Mike told My Palm Beach Post.
“To see your son’s name on a glove from miles away after 40 years, I just can’t believe it,” he told FOX8.
Julie Anne snapped a photo of the glove and sent it to Christopher, 52, now a football coach at Thomas Worthington High School.
Christopher texted back, “Buy it.”
Julie Anne then purchased the long-lost glove for $1.49.
Christopher was really upset when he lost the baseball glove 40 years ago. Back then, he rode his bike to the ballpark to retrieve the glove, but it was nowhere to be seen.
Speaking to The News-Herald, Christopher said: “I loved that glove. I felt like Superman with it—I could catch anything.”
Being able to see the glove again after four decades was particularly sentimental for Christopher.
Reminiscing his childhood, he realized “how fortunate I was back then and how fortunate I am now.”
The baseball glove may be old and worn, but to the Lisi family, it is a priceless treasure.
“It’s like this is our miracle,” Julie Anne said.
Without a doubt, the family will cherish the glove, and the tale that now goes with it.
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