The most frightening haunted baseball stories from Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel
It's October, which means two things: There's do-or-die postseason baseball and the veil between the two worlds grows ever thinner as we march toward Halloween. This year, thanks to the Brewers playing in the National League Championship Series, those two things are combined in one place.
Why? That's because the most popular hotel for visiting teams in Milwaukee is the Pfister Hotel. Built in 1893, the ritzy building is legendarily one of the most haunted lodgings in the country.
With the Dodgers in Milwaukee for Saturday's Game 7, and because there are so many baseball players with stories from their stays in the Pfister over the years, let's look back at some of the best. Turn out the lights, get cozy and read some of the best baseball player ghost stories set in the Pfister's halls.
ESPN the Magazine rounded up plenty of ballplayer ghost stories from the hotel, but the best belongs to the former Rangers infielder. Why? Because he makes it clear that he is not making this up.
"Listen, I'm not someone who spreads ghost stories, so if I'm telling you this, it happened," Young said. "A couple of years ago, I was lying in bed after a night game, and I was out. My room was locked, but I heard these footsteps inside my room, stomping around. I'd heard all these stories about this hotel, so I was wide awake at that point. And then I heard it again, these footsteps on the floor, so I yelled out, 'Hey! Make yourself at home. Hang out, have a seat, but do not wake me up, okay?' After that, I didn't hear a thing for the rest of the night. I just let him know he was welcome, that we could be pals, that he could marinate in there for as long as he needed to, just as long as he didn't wake me up."
The former outfielder may not have experienced anything himself, but he's heard enough to avoid staying in the hotel. Check out his story below:
Gomez is one of the most interesting men in baseball, and that apparently extends to when he's in the team hotel. Gomez said he has heard voices while staying in the hotel, with the worst happening when he got out of the shower one year and heard static playing on his iPod. So he grabbed the device, which then changed to another song. He raced out of the room and into the lobby before putting his pants on.
"I'm scared to go there," he said. "They should change the hotel. Everybody here doesn't like the hotel. Why [do] they always put us in the same hotel when you can't sleep?
"Everything's scary. Everything in the hotel, the paintings and pictures, it's a lot of old, crazy stuff. No good, man. No good."
There's one player that likes the ghosts in the Pfister, and that's one-time Brewer Choi. Claiming that he's seen ghosts before, Choi said he felt one in his first night in the Pfister when he was in town with the Angels in 2016. Though he said his sleep was "not good" because of the restless spirits, he also said he feels comfortable when ghosts are present.
The most recent story came this year when the Cardinals were in town. That night, Cardinals players Martinez and Ozuna both claimed to have seen a ghost.
"We are here in Milwaukee," Martinez said in Spanish in an Instagram video. "I just saw a ghost. In Ozuna's room, he saw another one."
"We are all here. We are all in Peñita's [Francisco Pena] room. We are all stuck here. We are going to sleep together… If the ghost shows again, we are all going to fight together."
One person seeing a ghost: Who knows, could just be nerves. Two? That makes a bit more compelling argument.
This one was shared by then-Ranger C.J. Wilson on ESPN Dallas' Ben and Skin podcast in 2010. While Wilson experienced his own chilling events, including flickering lights, it was Lewis with the most terrifying tale.
According to Wilson, Lewis claimed to have seen a "skeletal apparition" around 1:30 a.m. It freaked Lewis out so much that he saw the team chaplain and missed a radio appearance the next day.
As MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reported, Beltre experienced a haunting in the hotel in 2001. The third baseman "heard knocking noises on his door, while the television and air conditioning repeatedly turned on and off. He also claimed to have heard pounding noises from the other side of his headboard like a man hitting his open hand against the wood."
We're just shocked that no spectral fingers tried to touch Beltre's head.
Of course, we must end with Major League Baseball's resident ghost hunter. Gray became fascinated with the paranormal after he saw a ghost in his bedroom as a child, so in 2016, he got to live out a dream and investigate the Pfister.
Check out the spooky video below: