From superstitions dealing with curses to ghosts of former legends, the sporting world has its own crop of haunted tales and legends. In this article, you will learn about some of the ghost stories and other paranormal connections to sports, including the ghost of baseball player Joe Di Maggio and a haunted Hall of Fame museum.
Joe DiMaggio , Baseball
Some say that the ghost of Joe DiMaggio still rendezvous with the ghost of his former wife Marilyn Monroe at the Knickerbocker Hotel in Hollywood. The couple enjoyed their honeymoon at this site and used elevator #3 as their planned route of escape, as seen in an episode of the TV series, Sightings.
Hockey Hall of Fame
In Toronto, you will find the Hockey Hall of Fame, which is filled with memorabilia belonging to some of the best players in the sport. If you’re thinking that you will find a former player haunting the museum, think again. It is said that the ghost of a former employee of the Bank of Montreal branch (named Dorothy) is haunting the premises. Dorothy had worked at the bank that once occupied the building that the Hockey Hall of Fame now calls home.
Legend has is that Dorothy shot herself on a day that she arrived early to work at the bank. This incident took place in 1953. No one knew why the bank teller would take her own life. However, shortly after her death, employees began to hear strange sounds in the bank during the night. They also discovered that items on their desks would be misplaced. Visitors and staff continue to believe that Dorothy’s ghost haunts the grounds and attributes odd noises, cold spots, and strange presences to her.
A Wrestler’s Ghost
Owen Hart was a professional wrestler who performed for WWF shows. During one performance, he met a tragic end in 1999 when he fell to his death while being lowered into the ring at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Some people have read that the Kansas City Star claims that Hart’s ghost haunts the arena. Reports have come from staff that has claimed to spot Hart walking the rafters , dressed in his Blue Blazer costume , the same one he wore when he died. During sightings, some witnesses claim to have seen flickering lights.
Book About Haunted Baseball Tales
If you’re interested in reading up on more haunted baseball tales, consider picking up the book titled “Haunted Baseball: Ghosts, Curses, Legends, and Eerie Events” by Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon. They cover ghost sightings related to the sport, as well as touch upon some of the superstitions and game rituals of baseball players, owners, coaches, managers, and fans. Some subjects include the Pirates clubhouse, haunted tales about Wrigley Field, ghosts of Yankee Stadium, and Dodger Stadium ghosts connected to a popular Mexican legend.