Lost baseball glove returned to Ohio man after 40 years


KATIE: A LOST ITEM FROM ONE MAN’S CHILDHOOD RECENTLY TURNED UP IN A THRIFT STORE MORE THAN A THOUSAND MILES AWAY. MIKE: WE RECENTLY SHOWED YOU THE STORY OF HIS PARENTS WHO FOUND THIS OLD BASEBALL GLOVE. TODAY, NBC 4’S ELYSE CHENGERY TRACKED DOWN THE COLUMBUS TEACHER THE PREVIOUS OWNER OF THE MSSING BALL GLOVE.. ELYSE:1-13 CHRISTOPHER LISI WAS JUST 12 YEARS OLD WHEN HE LEFT HIS FAVORITE BASEBALL GLOVE ON A FIELD LIKE THIS IN WILLOUGHBY, OHIO AND NOW HE HASN’T THOUGHT ABOUT THAT GLOVE IN DECADES UNTIL HE GOT A TEXT MESSAGE FROM HIS MOTHER LAST WEEK. CHRIS LISI: “I JUST HEARD MY PHONE DING AND I LOOKED AT IT AND SHE SAID IS THIS YOURS? SHE SENT ME A PICTURE AND I RECOGNIZED THE HANDWRITING I RECOGNIZED IT ALL AND SHE SAID WE FOUND IT AT A FLORIDA THRIFT STORE AND I JUST SAID BUY IT THAT’S ALL I TEXTED BACK WAS BUY IT!” THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT GOT THERE – AFTER ALL IT WAS LAST IN CHRIS’S HANDS MORE THAN 40 YEARS AGO. AND HE REMEMBERS IT LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY – “WE JUST FINISHED AN ALL STAR TOURNAMENT AND AFTER THE LAST GAME WHEN THEY WERE HANDING OUT TROPHIES SITTING DOWN THERE AND I WENT BACK THE NEXT DAY, IT WAS GONE. THAT GLOVE YOU COULD DO ANYTHING, CATCH ANY BALL IT DIDN’T MATTER WHEN YOU’RE A KID THAT GLOVE IS SPECIAL TO YOU.” CHRIS SAYS KNOWING HE WILL HAVE IT BACK IN HIS HANDS SOON MAKES HIM EMOTIONAL. “IT TAKES YOU BACK TO THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU WERE A KID AND THINKING ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON IN THAT TIME OF YOUR LIFE AND YOU FEEL IT IN YOUR EYES. I REMEMBER WRITING MY HANDWRITING ON THE THUMB MY MOM WRITE THE INSIDE BUT I WROTE IT ON THE THUMB BECAUSE THAT’S MY GLOVE.” AS HIS MOTHER DESCRIBES HERE IN TEXT “IT WILL GIVE US A GREAT STORY TO TELL”. “LATER ON MY DAD GOES YOU OWE ME A BUCK 49 MY DADS A WISE GUY.” “I FELT BAD FOR A LOT OF REASON BECAUSE I KNEW MY PARENTS WORKED HARD TO GET ME WHAT I HAVE AND MY DAD WAS A TEACHER AND MY MOM STAYED AT HOME UNTIL SHE WENT BACK TO TEACHING SO ANY POSSESSIONS I HAD MATTERED TO ME BECAUSE I KNEW HOW HARD THEY WERE TO COME BY.” HE DOES WONDER ONE THING THOUGH? “FIRST OF ALL MY NAME WAS ON THAT GLOVE WHY DIDN’T SOMEONE GIVE IT BACK TO ME.” BUT WHEN HIS PARENTS GET BACK THE FIRST THING HE’S GOING TO DO – “OH I’M GOING TO SLEEP WITH IT EVERY NIGHT BUT I TOLD MY WIFE YOU KNOW WHAT WE GOT TWO GLOVES NOW WE CAN PLAY CATCH IN THE BACKYARD TOGETHER AND YOU CAN USE MY GLOVE I HAD AS AN ADULT AND I’LL USE MY CHILDHOOD GLOVE.” ELYSE: LISI TELLS ME HE HOPES TO PASS THAT FAVORITE GLOVE ALONG TO A FUTURE GRANDCHILD SO IT CAN STAY IN THE FAMILY FOR GENERATIONS. LOCAL FOR YOU IN COLUMBUS ELYSE CHENGERY NBC 4.

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