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  • Miller Park Foul Ball Victim a Millimeter from Death

    by Marion Renault, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel July 2015

    "Doctors told her if her head was turned a millimeter to the left or the right, she would have been dead on the spot." From where Deedee Townsend sat - a prime spot behind the Milwaukee Brewers' dugout - the crack of the bat echoed.

  • Called Out on Strikes, Teen Breaks Umpire's Face

    by Bill DiPaolo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer July 2015

    Enraged that he was called out on strikes, a 16-year-old baseball player punched an umpire under the left eye, causing serious injuries to the umpire's face, according to a Jupiter police report.

  • MLB Likely to Wait Until 2016 on Fan Safety Changes

    by The Associated Press July 2015

    Major League Baseball is likely to wait until next season before making any changes to improve fan safety.

  • Best Practices Guide Will Define How to Improve High School Security

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015

    The numbers don't lie. More than eight million students participate in interscholastic sports and afterschool programs annually, with approximately 336 million spectators attending those events. Threats, new and old, lurk around each corner, and for every athletics administrator tasked with providing a safe atmosphere for those millions of fans and athletes, the stakes have never been higher.

  • Fan Files Lawsuit Demanding MLB Extend Safety Netting

    by Paul Steinbach July 2015

    An Oakland Athletics season-ticket holder has filed a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status and greater protection for fans everywhere from flying bats and balls. The suit, filed Monday in the Northern District of California, wants MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to extend safety netting from foul pole to foul pole.

  • How to Keep Sports Venue Parking Lots Safe and Secure

    by Paul Steinbach July 2015

    Bryan Stow called his walker-assisted trek onto the Municipal Stadium field "a little scary." On April 16, Stow underhanded a ceremonial first pitch about 15 feet, to the roar of the San Jose Giants' Opening Night crowd.

  • Mock Drowning Aids Water Safety Day Effort

    by Sara Gold July 2015

    Lifeguards dove into the pool to rescue 14-year-old Matt Sorenson from drowning Saturday as about 100 people watched at Mission Viejo's Sierra Recreation Center.

  • OSHA Investigating Injury at Falcons Stadium Site

    by Steve Visser; Staff July 2015

    A federal agency is trying to determine if any safety rules were violated after scaffolding at the new Atlanta Falcons stadium construction site fell on a worker, leaving him with a severe head injury.

  • How To Protect Athletes and Fans From Lightning Strikes

    by Dennis Van Milligen July 2015

    It was 1996, but Bob Dugan remembers it like it was yesterday. Soccer referee John Wade, after being alerted by a weather-detection system that a storm was on its way, removed fourth- and fifth-grade kids from the field of play. Once the storm passed, they resumed activity at Northeast Park in Park Ridge, Ill. The belief was that the storm had moved over Lake Michigan approximately 45 miles away. But instead, the storm came back, and a lightning strike killed the 20-year-old referee.

  • Lightning Strikes Father, Daughter at Little League Game

    by Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Mpls.-St. Paul) July 2015

    Lightning struck a father and his 4-year-old daughter as they attended his son's Little League Baseball game Sunday on the Iron Range, prompting bystanders to administer aid, a league official and authorities said.