On January 2, the MLB world was left in a state of shock after NFL star Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field mid-game.
Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin, 24, passed out midway through Monday night’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin fainted after a play in the first quarter. After this, medical officials administered CPR to him on the field for more than 10 minutes.
About 16 minutes after collapsing, Hamlin was provided with oxygen and later transferred to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
“Bills-Bengals has been temporarily suspended after Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin remained down on the field following a scary hit.” – Sports Center
The MLB world was devastated by the shocking tragedy that forced the championship game between two of the NFL’s top teams to be called off.
MLB analyst Ben Verlander was extremely grief-stricken by the unfortunate news about Damar Hamlin.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson, Miami Marlins’ Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Chris Bassitt prayed for Damar Hamlin’s speedy recovery.
Major League Baseball team Pittsburgh Pirates also joined millions of fans and players in praying for Hamlin.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jerry Blevins recounted playing baseball after the death of Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez in a boat crash in 2020, saying he “never felt more wrong to be on a field.” Jerry expressed how Damar’s collapse was enough of a reason to call off the game.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II called out sports writer Skip Bayless for his callous tweet about Damar Hamlin’s injuries.
Hamlin’s injury happened while tackling Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins. Higgins’ helmet appeared to hit Hamlin in the chest. Recent reports suggest Hamlin is in critical condition.
A native of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, Hamlin was drafted by the Bills in the 2021 NFL draft and has been a part of their starting line-up in 2022.
MLB player Ray Chapman died after receiving a severe knock to the head while playing in 1920
During a 1920 MLB game between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Guardians, Ray Chapman was struck in the head by a pitch and passed away 12 hours later.
“100 years ago today, Ray Chapman was hit by Carl Mays at the Polo Grounds.” – Jeremy Feador
Ray Chapman is the only player in major league history to die during a game.
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