Baseball. The first sport I ever learned. The sport I cherished the most during my first two decades. My father spent four years of his life as a baseball beat writer for the Bridgeport Post. I used to memorize player statistics and the Major League Baseball rulebook. Baseball was my main leisure during the most formative years of my life.
Since then, my interest in baseball has waned and I’ve found many other more satisfying and rewarding diversions – such as skepticism. But I still have a very soft spot in my heart for the national pastime.
I suppose it was only a matter of time before baseball and ghosts would meet in a head-on collision – other than the movie ‘Field of Dreams’, but at least the minds behind that story understand the difference between fantasy and reality. I’ve always been aware of the superstitious nature of baseball players and other athletes, but besides alternative remedies and treatments, baseball rarely comes up in the context of my skeptical activities.
A new book called “Field of Screams: Haunted Tales From the Baseball Diamond, the Locker Room, and Beyond” is now available, and has taken a precious piece of my childhood and flung it right into the mud of the paranormal.
Check out the article, and the interview with one of the co-authors. But for those skeptics that have a sweet spot for baseball, I doubt you will find yourself learning anything new about the human condition and the inherent misunderstanding of the natural world that a great many people can only comprehend as “ghosts”.