OSAKA, Japan, March 12 (UPI) -- Fans of Japan's Hanshin Tigers hope the "curse of Col. Sanders" is finally at rest now that the Kentucky Fried Chicken founder's statue is out of the river.
Exuberant supporters of the team threw Sanders' life-sized statue into the Dotonborigawa River in Osaka 24 years ago to celebrate Hanshin's Central League baseball pennant. The Tigers also won the Japan Series in 1985.
They haven't won the series since.
Two sections of the plastic statue of the colonel were recovered from the river bottom this week near the Ebisubashi bridge, The Yomiuri Shimbun reported.
The baseball team reportedly was haunted by the Sanders "curse" and now that the colonel's statue is back on dry land fans hope their luck on the diamond will change.