Colonel Sanders found in Osaka River, will break 24-year old baseball curse

Nn20090312a4aIn 1985, a group of excited Hanshin Tigers baseball fans stole a Colonel Sanders statue from a Kentucky Fried Chicken and threw it in Osaka’s Dotonbori River. Sanders was wearing star hitter Randy Bass’ uniform at the time, and the fans did it to celebrate the Tigers’ championship. Bad move. The Tigers haven’t won a title since, causing frustrated fans to call this the Curse of the Colonel Sanders.

The awesome news is that, earlier this week, Colonel Sanders miraculously appeared near the riverbank. He was missing his arms and legs, but investigators found those nearby, too, and put him back together again. Randy Bass, who has since returned to the US and is now a Democratic senator from Oklahoma, says:

“Now that they’ve found the Colonel, the curse is over and it’s time to put your money on the Tigers.”

(Thanks, Hans!)

2 thoughts on “Colonel Sanders found in Osaka River, will break 24-year old baseball curse

  1. Bass is actually a _state_ senator in the Oklahoma state senate. I guess that is still technically “a Democratic senator from Oklahoma” but I found it a little confusing.

  2. Hilarious, they actually found him… when I lived in the Osaka area, I heard many a lament from Tigers fans about the “Colonel’s Curse”.
    GO HANSHIN TIGERS!