PEORIA, Ill.(KMOX)– Someone is missing a 2011 World Series championship baseball hat autographed by St. Louis Cardinals players.

Tuesday evening around 10:30,  38 year old Joseph Couri was on his way home from work when traffic began backing up on Interstate 74 after he says a semi hit a deer.  He says he spotted something in the middle of the road about 80 feet ahead.  He stopped his vehicle, got out and there on the road was a plastic bag, a t-shirt and a 2011 World Series baseball hat.

Couri tells KMOX his first thought was, “Someone’s mad they lost their hat.”

The Brimfield resident says he’s a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan but he wants to return it to it’s rightful owner. The hat appears to be signed with a black marker by David Freese, Yadier Molina, Jason Motte and other players.

Couri says whoever comes forward will have to know give all the signatures on the hat including an unexpected signature.  And he says they’ll have to have a picture of himself or herself wearing it or getting the autographs.”  So far, no one has come forward.  He says the only calls he has received thus far are from the media.

He says the hat has marks on it and appears to have been run over but is still in good shape.

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