HAUNTS and CURSES- tales of the supernatural in the world of sports

HAUNTS and CURSES- tales of the supernatural in the world of sports

Ghosts looming throughout Wrigley Field. Dorms haunted by unfortunate football players. Spirits inside hotels, tormenting the traveling player. Horrible fragments to open my article... With October just about half-way over already, I figured it was time to get into the spirit on Gonzo Sports Chicago.

Curses are not the only sign of the otherworldly crossing-over into the world of sports, but don't worry; for those of you who want the curses, I have those for you too.Take a look at these tales of the undead mingling with some of our favorite pastimes, and (an early) Happy Halloween to you.

The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee caused one baseball player to sleep next to a bat for protection, while others have bunked-up together in the same room to ease the fright of its hauntings. Some players even request separate accommodations as they refuse to stay in the haunted hotel. From Tony LaRussa to Trevor Hoffman, the Pfister Hotel has garnished plenty of special attention from MLB players and staff.

During 2010, the Pfister was exceptionally disturbing. Edgar Renteria and Pablo Sandobal of the San Fransisco Giants fled after their experience with the hotel's dead tenants.

Two one-time football players are among the ghosts haunting the halls of Iowa State University. Linden Hall has a floor that is entirely mirror-less, due to reports of the players being seen behind those who looked into the floor's mirrors.

Kansas State University is haunted by a football player who was killed during his last collegiate gameFor those of you looking for the details and first-hand accounts of this story, you may find that here.

Ex-Bull Eddy Curry shacked-up with Nate Robinson while at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City. Frightened by the thoughts of ghosts, Curry claims he literally could not stop thinking about them: "Something is going on here," he stated. Legend has it that a woman in the 1930's jumped to her death from the 10th floor, while holding her child.

Considering golf's lengthy history, it is no wonder that so many of its have reports of hauntings. One of the most famed stories originates from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, which is said to be home of Catherine Sutter's spirit, roaming the grounds looking for her husband and children whom she lost in the 1880's.

Sports fans have compiled a tall list when it comes to sports curses, but the best from this list of 10 include: 5) The Madden Curse, 4) The Curse of Bobby Layne, 3) The Socceroos' Witch Doctor Curse, 2) The Curse of the Billygoat (hey- that one sounds familiar), and 1) The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx.

Then, of course, there is the grand-daddy of them all; Chicago's very own HAUNTED WRIGLEY FIELD.

Don Gordon, co-author of Haunted Baseball: Ghosts, Curses, Legends, and Eerie Events, stated in an interview that the (maybe not-so-)Friendly Confines is the most haunted park on the planet. From bullpen phones ringing at night, to apparitions appearing in the press boxes and seats, Wrigley's legends hint that the stadium may be haunted by more than just the Cubs' baseball history.

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  • Based on the link to Haunted Wrigley Field, I'm surprised that there hasn't been a sighting of a Ron Santo apparition yet. (I realize that the article was dated 2010, but Santo has been haunting the Cubs for decades before that).

    Also, is Mike Murphy buried under the third base line bleachers? Did Len Kasper really put Andre Dawson back into the vines?

  • In reply to jack:

    Not far enough for Murph

  • I love the comments- got a great chuckle out of that, thanks!

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