Shannon Stone fell to his death catching a ball thrown to him by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game with the Oakland Athletics. Stone fell about 20 feet onto concrete during the second inning late Thursday, tumbling over the left-field railing after catching the ball and falling into an area out of sight from the field. Stone’s young son witnessed the fall. Mr Stone was an 18 year veteran with the Brownwood Fire Department. Brownwood is about 150 miles south of Arlington.
Arlington Fire Department officials said Stone, who witnesses said was conscious after the fall, “went into full arrest” while being transported by ambulance. He was pronounced dead at a Fort Worth hospital less than an hour after he fell.
“We are deeply saddened that the man who fell has passed away as a result of this tragic accident,” the club’s president, Nolan Ryan, said in a statement on the Rangers website. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
The accident was eerily similar to one almost exactly a year earlier. Another firefighter fell about 30 feet from the second-deck of seats down the right-field line while trying to catch a foul ball on July 6, 2010. Tyler Morris, a firefighter from the Lake Cities Fire Department near Dallas, fractured his skull and sprained an ankle last year when he dropped onto seats where other fans were sitting Former President George W. Bush, who used to be the team’s managing general partner and often attends games, was sitting in the front row with Nolan Ryan near the Texas dugout when the accident happened. Ryan left moments later while Bush remained in the seats.