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Boy Whose Dad Died at Stadium Throws First Pitch

Cooper Stone's father fell trying to catch a ball
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2011 8:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nice moment before the Texas Rangers' playoff opener yesterday: 6-year-old Cooper Stone threw out the first pitch to his favorite player, Josh Hamilton. In July, Cooper watched his father, Shannon, fall to his death at Rangers Ballpark while reaching for a ball—tossed up by Hamilton. Rangers fans were on their feet for the emotional ceremony, notes AP, though they had little to cheer for later: The Rangers got routed by Tampa, 9-0. (Read more Josh Hamilton stories.)

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