Arlington, TX -- Rangers Fans, a full-size bronze statue depicting Shannon Stone and his six-year-old son Cooper attending a Rangers game, was dedicated on Thursday afternoon outside the Home Plate Gate of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Shannon Stone is the Brownwood, Texas firefighter who passed away from injuries suffered in a tragic accident on July 7, 2011 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
The statue was unveiled by Jenny and Cooper Stone, Rangers CEO and President Nolan Ryan, and the sculptor of the piece, renowned Western artist Bruce Greene.
Other guests attending the dedication included:
City of Arlington:
Arlington Mayor Cluck and wife Linda
- City Manager Trey Yelverton
- Fire Chief Don Crowson
- Police Chief Theron “T” Bowman
City of Brownwood:
- Mayor Stephen Haynes
- Councilman, Jerry DeHay
- Councilman, Eddie Watson
- City Manager, Bobby Rountree
Members of Brownwood Fire Department
The Stone family:
- Al and SuZann Stone, Shannon’s parents
- Chad Stone, Shannon’s brother
- Jim and Marilyn Pack, Jenny’s parents
Texas Rangers Hall of Famer Buddy Bell
The entire 2012 Texas Rangers team
The family of Shannon Stone issued the following statement:
We are honored to be here today to unveil what we hope to be a symbol of the purpose of baseball: a game to enjoy with your family and friends. This statue stands for what Shannon believed in: Cooper, his family, having fun, and friends new and old.
There could not have been a more fitting artist to create this symbol. Though we did not know Bruce Greene prior to his beginning this work, his home feels like family now. Our deepest thanks to Mr. Greene for understanding our family and capturing the spirit of Cooper and Shannon and baseball fans everywhere.
We have gained many blessings from our loss. Our lives have been filled with the love and support of strangers across the world, of firefighters, of communities, of organizations like the Rangers and little league baseball teams, of individuals like Nolan Ryan, and, of course, our wonderful family and friends.
Shannon lived life to its fullest, doing the things that brought him and others joy, and being with the people he loved. We hope this statue reminds people to do just that.
Now, as Shannon liked to say, “Let’s play ball, y’all!”
The inscription on the plaque reads as follows:
SHANNON AND COOPER STONE
IN MEMORY OF SHANNON STONE AND DEDICATED TO ALL FANS WHO LOVE THE GAME
APRIL, 5, 2012
The statue honoring Mr. Stone is the third sculpture at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Full size bronze statues of Nolan Ryan and Tom Vandergriff were dedicated in 1997 and are located in the centerfield Vandergriff Plaza area.