The Rangers fan who died at The Ballpark Thursday night has been identified. Shannon Stone, 39, was an 18-year veteran of the Brownwood Fire Department.
Stone fell during the second inning of the Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics game. According to witnesses and the Arlington Fire Department, at about 7:33 pm, outfielder Josh Hamilton threw a foul ball into the center field stands, between the seating wall and the outfield fence. When Stone went for it and caught the ball, he fell head first over the rail, falling approximately 20 feet out of the stands and onto concrete, not far from the Athletics' bullpen. Stone's son was with him, but he did not fall. Another fan saw Stone leaning over the rail and grabbed his shirt, but was unable to hold on to him.
Statement from Nolan Ryan: "We are deeply saddened to learn that the man who fell has passed away as a result of this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Stone was carried off in a stretcher and transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. En route to the hospital, he went into full arrest and was pronounced dead by JPS hospital at approximately 8:26 pm. On Friday, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner ruled that Stone died from "blunt force trauma" due to a high fall. A full autopsy will be released once further tests are completed.
This incident comes one year and a day after another fan fell 30 feet from the Rangers Ballpark second deck during a Rangers-Indians game.
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