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By Robert M. Gorman

Regardless of whizzing fastballs and screaming line drives, baseball at the present time isn't specially risky. yet over the game's heritage, 1000s of avid gamers, coaches, and spectators have died on the ballpark. This ground-breaking research covers approximately a hundred and fifty years of game-related fatalities. supplying the identified info for every loss of life, the authors additionally establish contributing elements and talk about adjustments to taking part in ideas, protecting gear, crowd keep an eye on, stadium constitution, and the grounds themselves. bankruptcy subject matters comprise pitched- and batted-ball fatalities, climate and box injuries, structural mess ups, violence or dicy habit fatalities, and deaths from average reasons.

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The next morning he was examined by a local physician who found that the young man was suffering from a mild concussion. Although the doctor believed that Latare would recover quickly, he died in the early morning hours of September 23. 152 28 I — Players Donald Walrath, 19, was knocked unconscious during the seventh inning of a game in Hopedale, OH, on July 26, 1953. 153 Terry Dickey, 8, was struck behind the ear in a sandlot game in Fairfield, IL, on June 27, 1955. The youngster immediately went home and fell asleep.

29 George White, 22, was the first batter in the first game of the season between married and unmarried employees of the Michigan Lubricator Company in Detroit, MI, on May 21, 1916. 30 James D. 32 Charles Baldwin, 19, was hit directly over the heart on the second pitch during an atbat in a game between athletic clubs in Chase, MD, on May 27, 1922. After being struck by Roy Earle’s pitch, Baldwin stood dazed for a moment before running toward first. 33 Grady Ard, 18, died October 7, 1923, two weeks after being stuck in the stomach during a game in Pace, FL.

Later that evening he was examined by the family physician as a precaution, but he still showed no signs of being seriously injured. About 11:00 that night he took a sudden turn for the worse, and the physician was again summoned. It was apparent that the youngster was suffering from a brain hemorrhage, but the doctor could do nothing to save him. 68 Joseph McDonald was struck on the left temple during a game between town teams in Mount Holly, NJ, on September 2, 1905. Later that evening his condition worsened, so he was taken to a local hospital.

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