Death at the Ballpark: A Comprehensive Study of Game-Related Fatalities of Players, Other Personnel and Spectators in Amateur and Professional Baseball, 18622007

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Despite whizzing fastballs and screaming line drives, baseball today is not especially dangerous. But over the game's history, hundreds of players, coaches, and spectators have died at the ballpark.

This ground-breaking study covers nearly 150 years of game-related fatalities. Providing the known details for each death, the authors also identify contributing factors and discuss changes to playing rules, protective equipment, crowd control, stadium structure, and the grounds ...

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About the Book Despite whizzing fastballs and screaming line drives, baseball today is not especially dangerous. But over the game’s history, hundreds of players, coaches, and ... spectators have died at the ballpark. This ground-breaking study covers nearly 150 years of game-related fatalities. Providing the known details for each death, the authors also identify contributing factors and discuss changes to playing rules, protective equipment, crowd control, stadium structure, and the grounds themselves. Chapter topics include pitched- and batted-ball fatalities, weather and field condition accidents, structural failures, violence or risky behavior fatalities, and deaths from natural causes. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Despite whizzing fastballs and screaming line drives, baseball today is not especially dangerous. But over the game's history, hundreds of players, coaches, and spectators have died at the ballpark.

This ground-breaking study covers nearly 150 years of game-related fatalities. Providing the known details for each death, the authors also identify contributing factors and discuss changes to playing rules, protective equipment, crowd control, stadium structure, and the grounds themselves. Chapter topics include pitched- and batted-ball fatalities, weather and field condition accidents, structural failures, violence or risky behavior fatalities, and deaths from natural causes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786434350
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/10/2008
  • Pages: 271
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Gorman is head of the reference department at Winthrop University's Dacus Library. He received the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award in 2003 for the article "Foul Play: Fan Fatalities in Twentieth-Century Organized Baseball." Visit his website at: Death at the Ballpark . He lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina. David Weeks is head of library instruction at Winthrop University's Dacus Library. He received the McFarland-SABR Baseball Research Award in 2003 for the article "Foul Play: Fan Fatalities in Twentieth-Century Organized Baseball." He lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Introduction 5

I Players

1 Beaning Fatalities 9

2 Other Pitched-Ball Fatalities 29

3 Thrown Ball Fatalities 36

4 Bat and Batted-Ball Fatalities 41

5 Collision Fatalities 54

6 Health-Related Fatalities 62

7 Fatalities from Weather and Field Conditions 72

8 Fatalities from Violence 81

9 Erroneously Reported Player Fatalities 90

II Field Personnel

10 Play, Health, and Field-Related Fatalities Among Field Personnel 109

11 Violence Against Field Personnel 119

III Fans

12 Action-Related Fatalities Among Fans 131

13 Fan Fatalities from Falls, Risky Behavior, and Violence 146

14 Health-Related Fatalities Among Fans 172

15 Weather and Field-Related Fatalities Among Fans 179

Appendix A Uncategorized Fatalities 191

Appendix B Unconfirmed Fatalities 193

Appendix C Chronology of All Fatalities 196

Chapter Notes 211

Bibliography 237

Index 245

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    A Macabre View of America's Favorite Pastime.

    This incredibly informative book will leave you pulling your kids from t-ball and swearing off America's Favorite Pastime. The book is separated into causes of death chapters. For example, death by beanball, death by pitches, death by throws, death by natural causes precipitated by the game. Further broken down is the separation between player's deaths, fans deaths, and management deaths. There is a further separation of major league deaths, minor league deaths, and amateur deaths. There are many more deaths at the ballpark than seem possible. Some deaths are chronicled like a newstory while others are simply one liners giving brief explanations of the person's death. A very interesting and informative read.

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  • Posted February 28, 2009

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    I bought this for my 11 year old for Christmas and he loves it

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