Major League Paranormal Activity at the Pfister Hotel

Pfister Hotel Lobby

Major League Baseball (MLB) players have reported a wide range of paranormal activity at the Pfister Hotel including object manipulation, electrical anomalies, and, most recently, the holy grail of paranormal phenomena, an apparition. Some have admitted to their experiences publicly and some have confided in others, who later leaked details to the press.

As reported in Sports Illustrated, in 2001, Adrian Beltre, then with the L.A. Dodgers, described several eerie happenings during his stay at the Pfister. First he heard knocking in the hallway and on his door, but upon investigation found no one there. Later, Beltre witnessed the air conditioning and the TV repeatedly switch itself off. When he went to bed, he was startled awake again and again by pounding noises from behind his headboard. Beltre resorted to taking a bat to bed with him for protection and reported that he only slept two hours over the course of his three-night stay.

MLB reports wouldn’t resurface until June of 2008, when Carlos Gomez, then of the Minnesota Twins, experienced something strange in his hotel room before a day game. First he heard disembodied voices. Then he witnessed some strange object manipulation. His iPod, which he had left on a table across the room, switched itself on. Static blared from it. He watched the iPod as it began vibrating wildly, shimmying towards the edge of the table. Gomez ran over to catch it before it fell to the floor. When he grabbed it, it switched to music and then back to static again. Gomez turned it off and placed it back on the table, only to see the iPod repeat the same behavior.

In May 2009, the Palm Beach Post revealed that whenever the Florida Marlins stay at the Pfister at least 4 players demand to double-up and share rooms for fear of the ghost. Later that spring, Brendan Ryan of the St. Louis Cardinals reported seeing a strange apparition at the Pfister. He said a “moving light” passed through his room, followed by a temperature drop that chilled him to the bone. However, Ryan eventually retracted his statement. Then in June of 2009, Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants divulged that one night during his stay he awoke at 3 a.m. and witnessed his hotel room door open and shut on its own.

In July 2009, an AP article included a story from Brewers visiting clubhouse manager Phil Rozewicz. A “rookie ballplayer” reportedly told Rozewicz that he had awoke in the middle of the night to discover the blinds and the window in his room were open. He shut the blinds and the window only to wake up in the morning and find them open again.

Then on July 6, 2010, Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants returned. He and teammate Edgar Renteria made news when they left the rest of the team behind to avoid reliving last year’s frights. They checked out of the Pfister and into the nearby Intercontinental.

C.J. Wilson of the Texas Rangers revealed the most detailed account of paranormal activity at the Pfister to-date. On June 15, 2010, during an interview on an ESPN radio show. C.J. Wilson said that he heard scratching on the walls of his room at the Pfister, which sounded like a key scraping down wallpaper. He also reported intermittent problems with his room lamp, which at one point began flashing wildly on and off “disco style.”

Other teammates experienced similar problems with the lighting and one was locked out of his bathroom. Colby Lewis awoke at about 1:30 a.m. and saw a frightening skeletal apparition in his room. He was so shaken up by what he saw that, according to C.J. Wilson, he spoke with the team chaplain about it the next day. Afterward, Colby Lewis didn’t show for a scheduled radio interview with ESPN and so far has not spoken publicly about his experiences at the Pfister. In all, according to Wilson, “4 or 5 guys had odd experiences on various floors.” He plans to blog about the strange events of that weekend at the Pfister on his website

There are most likely many more ballplayer experiences that haven’t been covered in the press. Unfortunately, no player has been formally interviewed by paranormal investigators, so many important details remain unknown. Escalating activity seems to beg for careful investigation.

We can’t expect proper reporting to become the first priority of MLB players. However, if their accounts are indeed genuine, hopefully they will come to realize the significance of their experiences. If such limited access to key witnesses continues, a rare opportunity to uncover the truth behind the paranormal could be lost.


~ by mkeghosts on July 13, 2010.

11 Responses to “Major League Paranormal Activity at the Pfister Hotel”

  1. AWESOME!!!!!

  2. Really need to work on getting to the bottom of this.

  3. I read an account of The Pfister in Field of Screems. This is the best account I’ve found online thus far!

  4. […] […]

  5. From Cali
    staying at the Pfister May 3-5 with my cous n bro
    heard about the stories from all the ballplayers and im forward to our stay. The cincinnati Reds will be in town against the Brewers and will be staying at the pfister.
    Should be fun.

  6. […] The Pfister – How awesome is it that baseball teams visiting the Brewers legitimately think that they are being messed with by ghosts when they stay at the Pfister? That, its overall beauty and charm, and the fact that one of my […]

  7. […] the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee has gotten an unwanted upgrade. The went from the run of the mill ghosts to poltergeists. Fortunately, no one was hurt, even though hundreds of people have been […]

  8. I had an experience much like Carlos Gomez when I was at the Pfister a few years ago. My band was playing a wedding reception in which the bride had asked that a specific prerecorded song be played for the father-daughter dance before the band started playing. I had loaded it onto my Ipod days before. I had used the Ipod to sound check the PA before the event got underway. With minutes before the music was supposed to start, the Ipod froze entirely. I was sweating bullets as the time moved closer and closer to their special dance, realizing that I was going to have to apologize for not being able to get the song to play. Seconds before I would make the apology, the Ipod unfroze and the song played. I’ve never, ever had any other problems with that Ipod! We’ve been back to the Pfister to play after that. Nothing weird ever happened again.

  9. […] to legend, and this website about paranormal activity in the Milwaukee area, Colby was so afraid that he “spoke with the team chaplain about it the next day,” […]

  10. We stayed there just last night (18th floor) and were woken up by the tv turning itself on 5 or 6 times in the early morning. My husband had disturbing dreams also. It’s a beautiful place but it was a restless night.

  11. […] # 2 – Pfister Hotel – Charles Pfister, who died in 1927, has been rumored to haunt the Pfister Hotel for decades. He’s been seen all over the building overlooking his grand hotel and ensuring hospitality for all guests . . . except, maybe, baseball players. Since the first mention in Sports Illustrated in 2001, Major League baseball players have been reporting harrowing experiences. Players report problems with the room lights and televisions and are sometimes locked out of their own bathrooms. They report that sometimes things in the room are not where they left them the night before. One Texas Rangers player may have even seen an apparition that scared him so badly he needed to see the team chaplain. More stories can be found in the book of baseball ghost stories called Field of Screams. The first chapter in the book is devoted to Pfister ghost stories. See full story: […]

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