Five Fort Wayne Sports Facts

NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson was born in Fort Wayne in 1965. He attended R. Nelson Snider High School. Woodson was a Parade and USA Today All-American, and in 1982 was named Indiana’s “Mr. Football.” He went on to a stellar career at Purdue University before spending 17 years in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders.
Fort Wayne has hosted a number of professional sports teams over the years. Highlights include Fort Wayne being the original NBA home of the Fort Wayne (now Detroit) Pistons; the Daisies of the defunct All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; and the Kekiongas, a team in the former National Association of Professional Baseball Players, a predecessor of Major League Baseball.
Fort Wayne has three minor-league sports teams – the NBA G-League’s Mad Ants, the Fort Wayne Komets and the Fort Wayne TinCaps. It also features the Fort Wayne Derby Girls.
Current U.S. National soccer team member and Houston Dynamo player DeMarcus Beasley was born in Fort Wayne in 1982. Beasley is the only male American to play in four FIFA World Cups.
Fort Wayne hosted the NBA finals in 1955 and 1956, and was the third city to host the NBA All-Star Game in 1953.

Fort Wayne has been home to some of the nation’s top athletes, and also has seen its share of major and minor league sports teams and historic sports moments. Scroll through the slideshow to learn more about some of Fort Wayne’s top sports moments.