Youth Baseball Coach Collapses At The Ballfield, Dies

CHICAGO (CBS) — It was a situation that horrified youth league baseball fans Wednesday night in Monee: A coach from Beecher collapsed during a game and later died.

CBS 2’s Pamela Jones talked with the family of 43-year-old Brian Jones.

“He’s a fun-loving guy, and he’s going to be sorely missed by everybody,” Jones’ wife, Bobbie, said. “He always tried to do the right thing and have fun and the kids he loved.”

Brian Jones was doing what he loved, coaching the Beecher Hot Rods, when he suddenly got sick Wednesday night.

“I asked him what’s going on, and then he said, ‘I’m going to pass out.’ And he fell over on top of me,” Bobbie Jones said.

The family says several minutes before it happened a fan was heckling Jones. But loved ones and witnesses call it an unfortunate coincidence.

“I don’t think it got very heated at all,” said Willkan baseball coach Mark Schultz.

Jones’ son, Ryan, was on the field when his dad fell to the ground. He says he’ll always remember his dad’s lessons on baseball and life.

“Don’t wind up when you’re throwing it to first base — and just have fun,” Ryan said.

As the family prepares to say goodbye, they’re trying to remember the good times.

“Good guy,” said Jones’ brother, Scott Jones. “It’s just a shame.”

Brian Jones continues to give, even in death. He was an organ donor who was able to give four organs, his wife, Bobbie, said.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office says Jones died of cardiovascular disease.  His wife says she didn’t know about the illness.

She says her husband was so committed to his family and his team, he even changed jobs so he could spend more time with them.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that any donations be sent to a fund to help with their son’s education:

Brian Jones Memorial Fund

First National Bank of Grant Park

Beecher Branch

951 Dixie Highway

P.O. Box 490

Beecher, IL 60401

(708) 946-2500

  • WoxFoo

    OMg that is so sad, what a tragic loss.

  • Muzique

    I am so sorry to hear about this sudden loss. Understanding that the Jones family needs time to mourn and heal from this sudden loss, I hope, they will consider looking in to the possibility of this death being caused by Long QT Syndrome. Often the only symptoms of this electrical heart defect is death. My prayers to the Jones family.

  • Primetime Editorials

    his team is going to be so inspired by his death, that they will be the best team ever
    God bless his family
    and may his dream live on

  • Jeannie

    Good Man, it was and honor to have him as my sons coach. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bobbie and Ryan

  • Larry

    Thoughts go out to his family and friends. They seem like such nice people in the video. For them to talk to the media on camera about their loss so nicely is a real tribute to Mr. Jones.

  • Steve,Kelly,and Jake

    He was a great coach,our son and the team learned a lot from him.On the field he was always smiling,laughing,and most of all,supportive of the kids.When a kid was upset over his play,he knew how to make the kid feel like the MVP.We are all the better for having known him.Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobbie,Ryan,and the rest of the family.

  • Roger R

    He was a really good guy and one hell of a worker. Whiting will not be the same with out him. He will be missed

  • Mary L

    How very sad and a little eerie, too, as my 40-year-old brother died under a very similar situation ten years to the day as this tragedy (6/23/01). He was the coach of his son’s baseball team and collapsed on the field while warming them up for a game. The cause was a brain aneurysm. He lingered on for 4 days (though unconscious) and then died. My thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Jones and her son.

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