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Monday, August 1, 1994 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Little League Father Dies After Fight At Championship Game

RENTON - A 46-year-old Federal Way man has died from injuries after being punched, and hitting his head on concrete bleachers at a Little League game last week.

Ralph Baldwin, father of one of the players, died Saturday at Harborview Medical Center. He and a friend were among more than 100 spectators at a regional championship game between Federal Way and Everett teams Thursday at Liberty Park in Renton, according to a police report.

Baldwin's son plays for the Federal Way team. Police were checking reports that the 41-year-old Everett man who threw the punch has a son on the Everett team. The teams, made up of 13-year-olds, were playing the District 10 Junior Little League championship game.

Renton police spokeswoman Penny Bryant said police still are uncertain whether the dispute was related to the game.

She said some witnesses aren't available because they are in Portland, where the winning team went.

Several witnesses told police Baldwin and his friend appeared drunk and were disruptive during the game. Several people asked them to leave, the report said.

Baldwin and his friend left, then returned, police said. The Everett man asked Baldwin to quiet down and Baldwin took a swing at him, prompting a return punch to the face, said Bryant. Baldwin fell several rows and hit his head, said Bryant.

The game was halted while a helicopter landed in right field and transported Baldwin to the hospital.

According to the police report, Baldwin's friend grabbed the Everett man, then was restrained by others. The friend was cited for fourth-degree assault, Bryant said.

The Everett man was taken into custody on suspicion of felony assault, then released.

The results of an investigation will be sent to the King County Prosecutor's Office.

Copyright (c) 1994 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

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