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(August 2007, The Lyons Press)







Baseball and ghost stories are American obsessions.  Haunted Baseball combines both with this fun and freaky collection of otherworldly yarns. Collected from baseball players, stadium personnel, front-office folks, and fans, the tales told here explore the spooky connection between baseball and the paranormal, and include:


¨       The historic Spring Training ballpark in St. Petersburg, where Babe Ruth and his teammates still roam the field.


¨       The Ken Griffey, Jr. home run that gave solace to the grieving family of a 9/11 hero.


¨       Ghostly goings-on at Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Dodgers Stadium.


¨       The beloved Cleveland Indians trainer said to have revisited the team in the form of a seagull.


¨       Eerie player stories from road-trip hotels they insist are haunted.


¨       The truth about curses that have vexed the Giants, Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox, Devil Rays, and Angels.


¨       Roberto Clemente’s own premonitions of his death in a plane crash.


¨       Personal tales from Johnny Damon, Miguel Batista, Bill Lee, Jose Lima and others regarding bizarre experiences they can only explain through the supernatural.


Along the way, hundreds of MLB players (including Jim Thome, Derek Jeter, Jason Varitek, Alex Rodriguez, Omar Vizquel, Chipper Jones, Jay Gibbons, Mike Piazza, Michael Young, Derrek Lee, Paul Konerko, David Wright and many others) share their perspectives and experiences, both amusing and mysterious.  With a wealth of anecdotes that have never before been told, the authors present an entertaining and eerie look at our national pastime.  The tone of the stories ranges from humorous to touching to downright bone-chilling.




Selected Quotes from Haunted Baseball



“You just feel like the ghosts of Yankee Stadium are overlooking the guys in pinstripes.”

 - Alex Rodriguez


“They say it’s haunted. I’ve heard that the walls breathe in and out.”

- Todd Jones


“Balls go into the vines [at Wrigley Field] and days later, no balls. It’s weird … they just disappear.”

- Terry Adams


The elevator door opens up and a gust of wind goes past us.  I had chills.”

- CC Sabathia


“I don’t know if it’s Babe, Lou, or whoever.  But it’s not Derek Jeter coming to bat, but somebody else.”

- Chipper Jones


“They said that they built the stadium on old Indian burial grounds. That’s why a lot of bad things happened.”

- Troy Glaus


“The ghosts take over on who is going to win the ball game.”

- Rickey Henderson


“So you wonder is that a message from Jimmy Warfield, or if that was Jimmy Warfield’s ghost walking around.”

- Omar Vizquel


“Not to get too much into clairvoyant, or mystical, or whatever.  But yeah, I think that there was definitely an energy there.”

- Mike Piazza


“My roommate wakes me up in the middle of the night and says he saw a ghost above him. He was freaking out. So I got a big glob of toothpaste and put a big cross on the door and I told him, ‘Is this good enough for you? ‘Cause I’m going back to sleep.’”

- Michael Young


“[The spirits] helped out.  Maybe they helped push some of our balls over the fence and got us some of the right hops and the right bounces.”

- Derek Jeter


That whole night I was wide-eyed.”

- Coco Crisp


“I was awake and I was trying to move and I just couldn’t. I passed the time thinking, ‘A ghost is holding me down.’”

- Johnny Damon



Partial List of Player & Manager/Coach Interviews

Terry Adams
Edguardo Alfonso
Luke Allen
Sandy Alomar
Moises Alou
Brian Anderson
Garret Anderson
Marlon Anderson
Kevin Appier
Dan Ardell
Dan Ardoin
Bronson Arroyo
Rich Aurilla
Harold Baines
Dusty Baker
Russell Banyan
Rod Barajas
Clint Barmes
Mike Barnett
Miguel Batista
Jason Bay
David Bell
Mark Bellhorn
Carlos Beltran
Adrian Beltre
Armando Benitez
Jeff Bennett
Dave Berg
Yogi Berra
Joe Blanton
Willie Bloomquist
Jeremy Bonderman
Chris Booker
Aaron Boone
Pat Borders
Ricky Bottalico
Jason Bots
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd
Milton Bradley
Darren Bragg
Dewon Brazelton
Scott Breeden
Jim Brower
Adrian Brown
Bobby Brownlie
John Buck
Mark Buehrle
Dave Burba
Erick Burke
Jamie Burke
Ellis Burks
Rick Burleson
Adrian Burnside
Pat Burrell
Brett Butler
Daniel Cabrera
Mike Cameron
Jorge Cantu
Hector Carrasco
Gary Carter
Scott Cassidy
Alberto Castillo
Chris Chambliss
Eric Chavez
Hee-Seop Choi
Shin-soo Choo
Alex Cintron
Jeff Cirillo
Brady Clark
Brandon Claussen
Royce Clayton
JD Closser
Greg Coburn
Roman Colon
Jeff Conine
Cecil Cooper
Aaron Cook
Alex Cora
Joey Cora
Rheal Cormier
Pat Corrales
Chris Coste
Humberto Cota
Bobby Cox
Joe Crede
Cesar Crespo
Jack Cressend
Jacob Cruz
Johnny Damon
Brian Daubach
Kyle Davies
Kane Davis
Ron Davis
Carlos Delgado
Dave Delucci
Rick Dempsey
Bobby Dews
Matt Diaz
Brendan Donnelly
Rich Donnelly
JD Drew
Jason Dubois
Chad Durbin
JD Durbin
Trent Durrington
Jermaine Dye
Adam Eaton
David Eckstein
Jim Edmonds
Dave Eiland
Dave Elder
Brad Eldred
Mark Ellis
Scott Erickson
Darin Erstad
Andre Ethier
Dwight Evans
Tom Evans
Carl Everett
Brandon Fahey
Sal Fasano
Jeff Fassero
Pedro Feliz
Jared Fernandez
Jose Fernandez
Dave "Boo" Ferriss
Prince Fielder
Luis Figueroa
Rollie Fingers
Gavin Floyd
Keith Foulke
Julio Franco
John Franco
Jeff Francoeur
John Frascatore
Ryan Freel
Choo Freeman
Alejandro Friere
Brian Fuentes
Rafael Furcal
Gary Gaetti
Eric Gagne
Mike Gallegos
Freddy Garcia
Karim Garcia
Luis C. Garcia
Nomar Garciaparra
Jon Garland
Dave Gassner
Jody Gerut
Jay Gibbons
Kirk Gibson
Benji Gil
Troy Glaus
Ross Gload
Chris Gomez
Dicky Gonzalez
Luis Gonzalez
Tom Gordon
Tom Gorzelanny
Jason Grabowski
Tony Graffanino
Shawn Green
Khalil Greene
Todd Greene
Ken Griffey Jr.
Ken Griffey Sr.
Jeremy Griffiths
Marquis Grissom
Ozzie Guillen
Freddy Guzman
Jeff Hairston
Bill Hall
Roy Halladay
Brad Halsey
Mike Hampton
Josh Hancock
Rich Harden
JJ Hardy
Mike Hargrove
Denny Harriger
Jeff Harris
Corey Hart
Chad Harville
Scott Hatteberg
Brad Hawpe
Rick Helling
Todd Helton
Rickey Henderson
Jim Hendry
Brad Hennessey
Ramon Hernandez
Orel Hershiser
Bobby Higginson
Bobby Hill
Shea Hillenbrand
Clay Hinsley
Butch Hobson
Denny Hocking
Trevor Hoffman
Aaron Holber
Todd Hollandsworth
Mike Holtz
Ryan Howard
Bob Howry
Ken Huckaby
Tim Hudson
Jimmy Hurst
Adam Hyzdu
Tadahito Iguchi
Omar Infante
Brandon Inge
Mike James
Geoff Jenkins
Bobby Jenks
Doug Jennings
Jason Jennings
Todd Jennings
Geoff Jenkins
Bobby Jenks
Derek Jeter
Kenji Johjima
Ben Johnson
Charles Johnson
Dan Johnson
Davey Johnson
Mark Johnson
Mike Johnston
Andruw Jones
Chipper Jones
Todd Jones
Brian Jordan
Al Kaline
Steve Karsay
Randy Keisler
Jason Kendall
Jeff Kent
Jason Kershner
Ian Kinsler
Randy Knorr
Paul Konerko
Corey Koskie
Rick Kranitz
Roger LaFrancois
Gene Lamont
Tony LaRussa
Tommy Lasorda
Matt  Lawton
Ricky Ledee
Bill Lee
Carlos Lee
Derrek Lee
Jim Lefebvre
Jon Lester

Al Leiter
Cory Lidle
Jon Lieber
Mike Lieberthal
Jeff Liefer
Kerry Ligtenberg
Ted Lilly
Jose Lima
Jose Lind
Todd Linden
Pat Listach
Esteban Loaiza
Kameron Loe
Kenny Lofton
Nook Logan
George Lombard
Brian Looney
Javy Lopez
Rodrigo Lopez
Derek Lowe
Sparky Lyle
Alejandro Machado
Dave Machemer
Rob Mackowiak
Greg Maddux
Mike Maddux
Chad Magruder
Ron Mahay
Gary Majewski
Mark Malaska
Jeff Manto
Mike Maroth
Andy Marte
Anastacio Martinez
Buck Martinez
Dennis Martinez
Scott Mathieson
Luis Matos
Gary Matthews, Jr.
Don Mattingly
Willie Mays
Brandon McCarthy
Lloyd McClendon
John McDonald
Keith McDonald
Kevin Mcglinchy
Hal McRae
Brian Meadows
Bob Melvin
Kent Mercker
Cla Meredith
Jose Mesa
Aaron Miles
Corky Miller
Kevin Millar
Damian Miller
Travis Minix
Doug Mirabelli
Angel Miranda
Chad Moeller
John Montefusco
Rich Monteleone
Jose Morban
Russ Morman
Bill Mueller
Terry Mulholland
Glenn Murray
Mike Mussina
Greg Myers
Charles Nagy
David Newhan
Lance Niekro
Will Nieves
Dave Nilsson
CJ Nitkowski
Laynce Nix
Trot Nixon
Greg Norton
Greg Norton
Phil Norton
Abraham Nunez
Wes Obermueller
Jose Offerman
John Olerud
Darren Oliver
Magglio Ordonez
Ramon Ortiz
David Ortiz
Lyle Overbay
Juan Padilla
Dean Palmer
Jim Palmer
Jon Papelbon
Lance Parrish
Corey Patterson
Josh Paul
Ronny Paulino
Carlos Pena
Troy Percival
Odalis Perez
Oliver Perez
Matt Perisho
Gerald Perry
Johnny Pesky
Roberto Petagine
Josh Phelps
Ken Phelps
Mike Piazza
Jorge Piedra
Juan Pierre
AJ Pierzynski
Joel Pineiro
Lou Piniella
Placido Polanco
Cliff Politte
Jorge Posada
Scott Proctor
Todd Pratt
Jim Price
Curtis Pride
Mike Quade
Ryan Radmanovich
Tim Raines
Arasmis Ramirez
Hanley Ramirez
Joe Randa
Willie Randolf
Chris Ray
Desi Relaford
Mike Restovich
Jose Reyes
Ricardo Rincon
Royce Ring
Alex Rios
Armando Rios
Brian Roberts
Alex Rodriguez
Henry Rodriguez
Ivan Rodriguez
Tony Rodriguez
Jimmy Rollins
JC Romero
Pete Rose Jr.
Aaron Rowand
Ryan Rupe
Jim Rushford
Nolan Ryan
CC Sabathia
Ray Sadler
Tim Salmon
Juan Samuel
Jared Sandberg
Danny Sandoval
Benito Santiago
Jose Santiago
Victor Santos
Jeff Sauerbeck
Scott Schoeneweis
Mike Scioscia
Todd Self
Richie Sexson
Rick Short
Buck Showalter
Grady Sizemore
Termel Sledge
Lee Smith
John Smoltz
Chris Snusz
Chris Snyder
Zach Sorensen
Alfonso Soriano
Juan Sosa
Matt Stairs
Bob Stanley
Adam Stern
Jeff Suppan
Brian Sweeney
Mark Sweeney
Mike Sweeney
Jon Switzer
So Taguchi
Bruce Tanner
Mark Teahen
Miguel Tejada
Kent Tekulve
Nate Teut
Jim Thome
Mike Thompson
Matt Thornton
Joe Thurston
Luis Tiant
Jose Tolentino
Joe Torre
Steve Torrealba
Yorvit Torrealba
Salomon Torres
Alan Trammell
Tom Trebelhorn
Michael Tucker
Bob Uecker
BJ Upton
Chase Utley
Javier Valentin
Jose Valentin
Bobby Valentine
Joe Valentine
Fernando Valenzuela
Jermaine Van Buren
Jason Varitek
Javier Vazquez
Frank Velasquez
Fernando Vina
Jose Vizcaino
Omar Vizquel
Pete Walker
Todd Walker
Tyler Walker
John Wasdin
Jarrod Washburn
Bob Watson
Matt Watson
David Weathers
Jeff Weaver
Jered Weaver
Todd Wellemeyer
Turk Wendell
Jayson Werth
John Wetteland
Rondell White
Matt Whiteside
Ernie Whitt
Chris Widger
Bernie Williams
Shad Williams
Spin Williams
Scott Williamson
Dontrelle Willis
Jack Wilson
Vance Wilson
Mookie Wilson
Randy Winn
Matt Winters
Matt Wise
Kevin Witt
Randy Wolff
Ron Wotus
Butch Wynegar
Kevin Youkilis
Dimitri Young
Eric Young
Michael Young
Gregg Zaun
Barry Zito





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