Los Angeles, California: Linda Goldbloom, a 79-year-old woman died as a result of being struck in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium last August, according to the Los Angeles coroner’s report.
Linda Goldbloom was celebrating her 79th birthday and 59th wedding anniversary at a game in August last year when a 93mph pitch hit by a San Diego Padres player traveled over an area protected by netting and struck Goldbloom in the head. She died four days later at LA County-USC Medical Center. The cause of death was “acute intracranial hemorrhage” from the batted ball.
The Dodgers said in a statement they were “deeply saddened” by Goldbloom’s death and the “matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family.”
“Mr. and Mrs. Goldbloom were great Dodgers fans who regularly attended games. We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the passing of Mrs. Goldbloom. The matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family. We cannot comment further on this matter.”
For the first time last season, all 30 major league ballparks had expanded protective netting that reached to at least the far ends of each dugout. The push for expansion increased in 2017 after a series of spectator injuries.
The incident was reportedly the third recorded death at an MLB park caused by a ball leaving the field and hitting a spectator.