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Jul082011

Texas Rangers Fan Falls to Death Reaching for Ball

Polka Dot Images/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- A Texas baseball fan fell 20 feet to his death on Thursday after reaching over a barricade to catch a ball tossed to the crowd by Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton.

Arlington Fire Department officials said the man, who witnesses said was conscious after the fall, "went into full arrest" while being transported by ambulance.

The man has been identified as Shannon Stone, who worked with the Brownwood Fire Department. Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston confirmed that a Brownwood firefighter died at a Texas Rangers baseball game in Arlington.

"We had a very tragic accident tonight and one of our fans lost their life reaching over the rail trying to get a ball," team president Nolan Ryan said somberly after the Rangers' 6-0 victory over Oakland.  "As an organization, and as our team members and our staff, we're very heavy-hearted about this, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

Ryan added that Hamilton is "very distraught over this, as the entire team is."

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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