"...actually changes how you look at the game forever."
— S.L. Price, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

Winner, The Sporting News-SABR
Baseball Research Award, 2009

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 groundbreaking 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 battled-ball fatalities, weather and field condition accidents, structural failures, violence or risky behavior fatalities, and deaths from natural causes.

Library Journal
Charlotte Observer






© 2011, Robert Gorman