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Must-click link: the man who (almost) predicted the entire final month of the 1930 Cardinals season

Jul 18, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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Just read this from Wezen-Ball. I’ve never heard this story before. Short version: Starting on Septemeber 9, the 1930 Cardinals kept getting telegrams from a man who correctly predicted the outcome of every game between then and on through Game 5 of the World Series.

It’s kinda creepy, really. And the last bit about the man’s death made me instantly think of the “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” episode of “X-Files.”

Cut me some slack. That was the best show ever. And if circumstances and a restraining order hadn’t gotten in the way, I would have married Agent Scully back in 1995 or so.

  1. Kevin S. - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Please Craig, Lost was clearly, objectively better. And by clearly and objectively, I mean solely on my say-so.

    • thefalcon123 - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      That’s funny. Both of you guys have spelled “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” comically wrong.

      • sdelmonte - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

        How can anyone misspell The Simpsons (seasons 1-10) in so many ways?

      • paperlions - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        Probably the same way you misspelled The Wire so poorly.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM

        You folks have no idea how to spell The West Wing.

    • number42is1 - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      you can add season 11 in there as well…. Tommacco is one of my top 50

      • thefalcon123 - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:29 PM


        It’s started to go down hill in season 9 (hey, remember when Homer joined the Navy and stopped submarine leak that would have drown them with Bart’s earing? So do I, since banging my head against the well to cause enough brain damage to forget about it hasn’t worked). Season 10 on is completely unwatchable.

      • number42is1 - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:08 AM

        We can agree to disagree. 10 and 11 are not great but have a few good ones. Maximum Homerdrive is one of the top 20 best ones of all time

  2. hittfamily - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    “Ex files” : That cost me half my salary for a decade.

    Oh, X-files. Nevermind.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      It’s funny ’cause it’s true.

  3. ajcardsfan - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Think he wouldn’t have killed himself if the Cards had won that WS?

  4. dexterismyhero - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Did Jamie Moyer start game 5?

  5. hansob - Jul 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Did he also predict a 5 game Cubs sweep in the 2015 World Series?

  6. heyblueyoustink - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I guess Sam didn’t listen to Ziggy’s advice in the end, oh boy.

    • hittfamily - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Siri, how do I leave this guy 10 thumbs up?

      • surefooted1 - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        “I’m sorry, I don’t understand the question.”

  7. RickyB - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    X-Files was the best show ever. I’m with you on that. And Clyde Bruckman was one of the top 10 episodes from the nine seasons it was on the air. Peter Boyle was terrific in that role, but the Stupendous Yappi tried to steal the show.

  8. RickyB - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    And Bruckman was right, there isn’t a more undignified way to die than autoerotic asphyxiation.

  9. JB (the original) - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    But then Bryce Harper would just be riffing on Gillian’s “classic” response: “That’s a clown proposal, bro.”

  10. mattyflex - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I’d like to meet the dickhole that writes the Royals letters telling them to start Jonathan Sanchez.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      You haven’t met Jonathan Sanchez?

      • mattyflex - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM


  11. brianbowman16 - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    you get a lot of heat for your bad jokes and for taking blatant shots at player/teams/old women and The . Dutch. I just wanted to say well done on the last paragraph sir! Well done indeed.

    totally platonic hugs and kisses,

  12. sir1389 - Jul 18, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    That’s back when they used telegrams? I dont trust sports and telegrams, haven’t you seen The Sting?

  13. ashipinharbor - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Amazing story. Love this kind of real-life supernatural events.

    Oh, and The Wire is above and beyond any sci-fi series. No question.

  14. JB (the original) - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Stories like that make one think that the Umpiring crew were in bed with the mob at the time (figuring the umps were the the only ones to have enough control over the game to control the outcome). I mean, come on, unless you believe in the supernatural or time travel, the likelihood of this guy predicting that string of outcomes is about as much as someone predicting the Titanic would go down on it’s maiden voyage….

  15. Glenn - Jul 18, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Does anyone really believe that this is a true story? I’ve heard enough urban legends and ghost stories to know when to get a little skeptical.

  16. frankenderek - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    The games were fixed. This is the 30’s we’re talking about. Plus an “apparent” suicide? More like someone didn’t pay his bookie.

  17. schmedley69 - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Was the guy’s name Biff Tannon?

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