Baseball fan at Rangers game dies after falling from stands

ARLINGTON, Texas — A fan died Thursday night from injuries suffered after falling from the left-field stands at Rangers Ballpark while trying to catch a ball thrown to him by Josh Hamilton.

The Texas Rangers declined to identify the victim. Brownwood City Manager Bobby Rountree, however, confirmed to the Brownwood News that the victim was Brownwood firefighter Shannon Stone. A fan sitting near the man said that the man was a Brownwood firefighter who was attending the game with his young son.

A news release from the Arlington Fire Department said that the fan went into full cardiac arrest en route to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:26 p.m. He fell at 7:33 p.m.

"We had a very tragic accident tonight, and one of our fans lost his life reaching over the wall trying to catch a ball," team president Nolan Ryan said. "As an organization and as team members and as a staff, we are very heavy-hearted about this, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family."

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