Indiana Supreme Court Finds for RailCats but Declines to Adopt Baseball Rule in Fan’s Foul Ball Injury Case

Gary Southshore RailCats Home Ballpark Southshore Baseball, LLC v. Juanita DeJesus, No. 45S03-1308-CT-531 (Ind., 2014) What Happened? On May 23, 2009, Juanita DeJesus attended the Gary Southshore RailCat's opening day game at The U.S. Steel Steelyard in Gary, Indiana.  On this warm, clear night, the RailCats were set to battle their Northern League foes, the... Continue Reading →

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The Supreme Court of Missouri Declares that Getting Hit by a Hot Dog is Not an Inherent Risk of Attending a Royals Baseball Game

Coomer v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., SC93214 (Mo., 2014) Coomer v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., WD73984, WD74040 (Mo. App. 2013) Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, 1016-CV04073 What happened? The Royals mascot, Sluggerrr, is a large lion played by John Byron Shores.  Since 2000, Shores has been famous for launching hotdogs into the crowd from... Continue Reading →

Fan Injured in Promotional Horse Race Loses in Lawsuit Against Atlantic League Ball Club

Duncan v. Somerset Patriots Baseball Club, No. A-4279-08T3 (N.J. Super., 2010)What Happened?The Somerset Patriots are an independent minor league baseball team established in 1998 and based in Bridgewater, New Jersey.  The Patriots have enjoyed great success, winning the Atlantic League championship in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009 under the guidance of manager and former... Continue Reading →

Merkle’s Boner and False Imprisonment

The Polo Grounds viewed from "Coogan's Bluff"Talcott v. National Exhibition Co., 144 A.D. 337, 128 N.Y.S. 1059 (2 Dept., 1911)What Was Merkle’s Boner?On September 23, 1908 the Chicago Cubs played the New York Giants at the famed Polo Grounds.  Al Bridwell came to bat with two outs and the game tied 1-1 in the bottom... Continue Reading →

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