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Fan Dies After Falling From Stands At Rangers Game

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Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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Updated July 7, 2011 at 10:18 p.m. CT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers say a fan died after falling out of the stands while trying to catch a baseball tossed his way during the game.

Rangers president Nolan Ryan said after Thursday night’s game that the team was “deeply saddened” to learn that the man “has passed away as a result of this tragic accident.”

The Rangers did not identify the man; they said he fell about 20 feet.

The fan fell head-first and landed behind a 14-foot-high wall supporting a video board that shows replays and scores from other games.

The accident happened in the second inning after Oakland’s Conor Jackson hit a foul ball that ricocheted into left field. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton retrieved the ball and tossed it into the stands.

Replays on Oakland’s television broadcast show the man reaching for the ball and apparently catching it before tumbling.

© 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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