LA PORTE- The start of the 2011 Old Republic Wiffle Ball League season was a frustrating
time for the Commissioner's Office. Looking to finally establish legitimacy by eliminating
forfeits, disaster struck the league office: the Mill Creek Minutemen never started their season.
A successful rebranding effort, coupled with progress on the field in 2010, the 2011 season
seemed to be a promising time for the Minutemen. However, poor communication within the
franchise (also between the team and the league), led to its demise. The league would be
forced to award forfeit victories to all Minutemen opponents to keep the schedule balanced at
42 games a piece.
Enter Alex Friedman. Prospective buyer of the franchise. Facing a rescheduling nightmare,
among other things, Friedman gave the team its fourth name in as many seasons. But this
one would stick.
The Magic struggled in their rookie campaign with 12-30 record, but showed promise for the
future after a surprise run to the Elite Eight of the 2011 City Championship.
As they've added pieces from both the Federalists (Shane Anderson and Drew Luther) and
the Gangster Slugs (Wes Ellis and Brian Lockhart), the Magic have transformed into one of
ORWBL's elite and the class of the American League on the field.
Throw in a brand new ballpark, color scheme and uniforms, and the Magic have become a
true big market wiffleball franchise.