Death at the Ballpark: A Comprehensive Study of Game-Related Fatalities of Players, Other Personnel and Spectators in Amateur and Professional Baseball, 1862-2007

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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, 1862-2007

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Description

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.

College

Ida Jane Dacus Library

ISBN

078643435X

Publication Date

2009

Publisher

McFarland and Company

City

Jefferson

Keywords

sports, baseball, sports medicine, sports injuries

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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