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Jul092011

Texas Rangers Lower Flags, Create Fund for Fan Who Fell to Death

Wendy Hope/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers will be flying flags at half mast at tonight's game and have begun a memorial fund for the family of the fan who fell to his death from the stands while trying to catch a ball for his young son, team president Nolan Ryan said Friday.

A somber Ryan said at a press conference that the tragedy "was one of the saddest things I've ever seen in a ballpark. It goes down to the basic roots of who we are and what we stand for."

Shannon Stone, 39, a firefighter in Brownwood, Texas, fell 20 feet head first over a short railing at Arlington Stadium Thursday night after star outfielder Josh Hamilton tossed him the ball. Stone's young son Cooper was with him and witnessed the incident.

Former President George W. Bush was at the game when the incident occurred.

Athletics relief pitcher Brad Ziegler told ESPN that Stone was still conscious and able to talk as he was taken from the stadium.

"They had him on a stretcher. He said, 'Please check on my son. My son was up there by himself.' The people who carried him out reassured him, 'Sir, we'll get your son, we'll make sure he's OK,'" Ziegler told ESPN.

Thursday's tragedy marks the second deadly fall at a Major League baseball game this season. A 27-year-old man died in May when he fell 20 feet at a Colorado Rockies game and struck his head on concrete.

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