The sports world remains in collective shock after learning that Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, 24, went into cardiac arrest following a tackle during Monday night’s NFL game in Ohio. against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The game was postponed a few minutes into the first quarter.
The Bills shared an update on Hamlin’s condition on their Twitter page, noting that he is still in “critical condition.”
Oddly enough, there is a striking parallel to the Monday night incident in Cincinnati sports history.
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On Major League Baseball’s opening day, April 1, 1996, a game between the Reds and the Montreal Expos at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark was called off with just seven pitches.
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The reason was due to plate umpire John McSherry collapsing in the field and falling face down on the grass.
He suffered a massive heart attack and was pronounced dead on arrival at the University Hospital.
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Play resumed the next day, with the Reds defeating the Expos by a score of 4-1.
McSherry was just 51 years old.