Baseball's Most Fervent Ghost Hunters Are Back With More Fun Folklore

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The critically acclaimed HAUNTED BASEBALL, released in 2007, introduced the world to Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon, baseball’s most fervent ghost hunters. Now the authors are back, with more fun folklore that surrounds the sport of baseball, but to which fans have not previously had access…until now.

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Lyons Press announces the August, 2010 release of FIELD OF SCREAMS: HAUNTED TALES FROM THE BASEBALL DIAMOND, THE LOCKER ROOM, AND BEYOND by Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon.

The critically acclaimed HAUNTED BASEBALL, released in 2007, introduced the world to Bradley and Gordon, baseball’s most fervent ghost hunters. Now the authors are back, with more fun folklore that surrounds the sport of baseball, but to which fans have not previously had access…until now.

FIELD OF SCREAMS is an all new collection of stories from ballplayers, stadium personnel, front-office staff, and fans, exploring the sometimes amusing and often eerie connection between baseball and the paranormal. Featuring interviews with baseball stars such as Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum, Derek Jeter, Geovany Soto, Adrian Beltre, Evan Longoria, David Wright, Hideki Matsui, Jered Weaver, Matt Kemp, Bobby Bonds, Bobby Cox and hundreds more, the book also includes stories about minor league ballparks, hotels, and baseball memorabilia, and concludes with a look at major league pranks that players indulge in to spook one another.

The book includes dozens of never-before-revealed stories, including the first media mention ever of the former Tiger Stadium in Detroit being haunted; new interviews and anecdotes, claiming the National Baseball Hall of Fame is haunted; and the truth about what’s really buried in the new Yankee Stadium, from bad-luck charms to human ashes.

The authors recorded firsthand ghost stories concerning Babe Ruth, and mystical stories from Ruth’s granddaughter Linda Ruth Tosetti.

They documented the latest attempts to lift the Chicago Cubs’ legendary Curse of the Billy Goat at Wrigley Field; the heartwarming story of a sick girl’s gift to a major leaguer … and the seemingly magical impact it had on both of them; what ballplayers touch in a Baltimore strip club to help cure their slump; and good luck charms from around the majors (LA Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox), including a shared “good luck thong” in the Yankees clubhouse, with never-before-heard side-splitting observations and insights from players.

FIELD OF SCREAMS explores spooky corridors underneath Los Angeles’ Angel Stadium and unravels a Florida League game where a ball seems to vanish into thin air.

The scope of the book extends beyond our borders with first looks at baseball ghost stories from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

The haunting of Yankee Stadium, the ghost of Roberto Clemente, and inexplicable encounters at the former site of Seals Stadium in San Francisco are among the many tales herein. While spotlighting numerous major league teams, Field of Screams also looks at minor league ballparks, hotels, and baseball memorabilia, and concludes with a look at major league pranks that players indulge in to spook one another.

PRAISE FOR BRADLEY AND GORDON'S PREVIOUS BOOK, HAUNTED BASEBALL:

“Like a pair of ‘ghost busters,’ Gordon and Bradley have mined a rich underground of bizarre and often unexplainable tales to liven up our reading.” —Library Journal

“… has the supernatural bases covered.”—Boston Herald

“…contains a wealth of anecdotes that have never been told…an entertaining and eerie look at our national pastime.” —Society for American Baseball Research

From the authors of the critically acclaimed Haunted Baseball comes this all-new collection of spooky stories from ballplayers (drawn from interviews with over one thousand current and former major leaguers), stadium personnel, umpires, front-office staff, and fans, exploring the sometimes amusing and often eerie connection between baseball and the paranormal.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Mickey Bradley is a lifelong Yankee fan, named after the team’s legendary center fielder. He has been working as a freelance writer for more than a decade, both in Manhattan and Upstate New York. His diverse body of work covers topics ranging from sports to science to humor to entertainment and includes ghostwritten books, corporate communications, magazine profiles, and dozens of video/film projects.

Dan Gordon first experienced the magic of Fenway in the summer of 1975 when his father took him to his first game. With a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, Gordon studied global baseball culture in Japan, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Nicaragua. His writings on baseball have appeared in numerous publications including the Providence Journal and Fort Worth Star and he is the author of Cape Encounters: Contemporary Cape Cod Ghost Stories (Cockle Cove Press, 2004). He lives and dies with the Red Sox.

Field of Screams
By Mickey Bradley and Dan Gordon
ISBN 978-1-59921-856-4 • 14.95 • Paperback • August, 2010
Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press        http://www.globepequot.com

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Senior Publicist, GPP
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