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Great Read: Jim Rice Saves The Life Of A Future Wolfpack Grad

July 20, 2009
I’m a bit too young to remember August 7, 1982, but it’s the day newly minted Hall of Famer Jim Rice will never forget:

“It was a horrific day,” Tom Keane said in a telephone interview last week.

“We had been given some really great seats, right next to the dugout in the second row. We were really excited to be at the ballpark, close to the players and close to the action.”

Jonathan, who was learning to play second base, had latched onto Dave Stapleton as his favorite player. The Red Sox infielder was up in the fourth inning when he hit a hard line drive foul of first base.

“I saw the ball hit the bat and heard the crack and thought it hit the side of the dugout. I turned, and there was my son with blood gushing out of his head,” Tom Keane recalled.

“The next thing I remembered was Jim Rice picking him up. I picked Matthew up, and we ran through the dugout. I was kind of chasing Jim Rice; he was carrying Jonathan. There was an ambulance waiting. When we got to the hospital, they were set up for neurosurgery.”

The quick actions of Rice saved Jonathan’s life. Jonathan survived with no long-term ill effects and would later go on to graduate from State with honors with a business degree.

ESPN put a video piece together on the moment, one that Rice says is one of the greatest moments of his life.

It’s one of Jonathan Keane’s, too.

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