Sale of Home Run Derby Balls to Benefit Shannon Stone Memorial
A fan who nearly died trying to make a catch at the Home Run Derby is auctioning off two balls from the event to benefit the memorial fund of Shannon Stone. Stone died just a few days earlier in a similar incident in Arlington.
By now, most people have heard about the tragic accident at Rangers Ballpark where Stone fell from the outfield stands trying to catch a foul ball thrown to him by Josh Hamilton. The 20-foot fall took place in front of Stone's young son.
A similar event almost took place just a few days later at the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby when Keith Carmickle nearly fell attempting to snag a home run from Prince Fielder. Ironically, a memorial was being held for Stone that day in Texas. Luckily for Carmickle, nearby friends were able to grab him by his feet while he held on long enough to be pulled to safety.
Although his reckless actions were the main reason for the incident, the close brush with serious injury put things into perspective for Carmickle. He is selling two of the three balls caught by his group at the Home Run Derby. The money raised will go to the Shannon Stone Memorial Fund. A Prince Fielder home run ball can be bid on here and a ball hit by 2011 Home Run Derby Champion, Robinson Cano can be seen here. The group also caught a ball from Adrian Gonzalez, which they seem to be keeping.