Wichita Wind Surge

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Buy us some peanuts and Cracker Jack: It's baseball week on The Range.

With less than two weeks to go before the Wichita Wind Surge makes its long-awaited debut at Riverfront Stadium, we talk to the team's CEO, logo designer and No. 1 fan about America's pastime.

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Nearly three years ago, then-Mayor Jeff Longwell announced in a news conference at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium that the New Orleans Baby Cakes were planning to relocate to Wichita.

After a long, twisting journey that included controversy over the stadium development deal, the cancellation of the 2020 season and the death of the team's managing partner, affiliated minor league baseball will return to Wichita on May 11.

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The first baseball game in the stadium built for the Wind Surge, Wichita’s minor league team, will not involve the Wind Surge.

Instead, Wichita State will play Houston in a college baseball game Saturday in Riverfront Stadium’s debut event.

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The Wichita Wind Surge baseball team will play its first game in Riverfront Stadium on May 11.

The team will open the 2021 season on the road May 4 in Springfield, Missouri, before returning to Wichita.

Jared Forma, senior vice president and general manager of the Wind Surge, said he is thrilled to play baseball after last season was canceled by the pandemic.

“This is a tremendous day,” Forma said. “We are beyond excited.

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Wichita’s minor league baseball team is set to become part of the Minnesota Twins’ organization.

The Wind Surge said Wednesday it has been invited to be Minnesota’s Double-A affiliate.

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Lou Schwechheimer, who brought minor league baseball back to Wichita, has died.

The owner of the Wind Surge never saw his team play in its new stadium because the 2020 season was canceled by the pandemic.

The team said in a news release Wednesday that Schwechheimer died of complications from Covid-19. He was 62.

“There are no words to express the loss of the entire Wind Surge family,” Jared Forma, the team’s senior vice president and general manager said in a statement. “Lou was truly one of a kind, someone who never met a stranger.

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Even though it was obvious what the outcome would be, that didn’t make the news any easier to take.

Minor League Baseball — and with it, the Wichita Wind Surge — canceled its 2020 season on Tuesday.

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In the second grade, Jay Miller wrote a paper saying he planned to make a living in baseball.

And he has — not as a player, but as a front office executive for 38 years.

Miller is president of the Wichita Wind Surge, which begins its first season in a new stadium in less than two months.

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Visitors to Wichita's new baseball stadium should expect to pay a little more for some purchases made there.

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By now, you may have heard, and seen, the name and logo for Wichita's new baseball team: the Wind Surge.

The brand came about after months of work, driven in part by acclaimed sports logo designer Todd Radom. In his decades-long career, Radom has crafted logos for the Los Angeles Angels, the Washington Nationals, the Cleveland Browns, and Super Bowl XXXVIII — but his true passion is baseball.