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

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

by Robert M. Gorman and David Weeks Gorman, David Weeks
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
recommended
Nine
fascinating anecdotes...exhaustively researched...a fascinating read...a fascinating resource
Sports Illustrated - S.L. Price
the definitive account of baseball fatalities

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786434350
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/10/2008
Pages:
264
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 2009 Sporting News-SABR Baseball Research Award for the book he and David Weeks wrote, Death at the Ballpark (McFarland, 2009). 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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