Dodgers fan hit by foul ball died from injuries, coroner's report says

Rex Christensen
February 7, 2019

Linda Goldbloom was killed by a foul ball hit at Dodger Stadium, USA Today reported.

Linda Goldbloom was celebrating her 79th birthday and 59th wedding anniversary to her husband at a game August 25.

Last February, MLB then said all 30 of its teams would have expanded protective netting that reached to at least the far end of the dugouts after a number of spectator injuries in the previous season.

Linda Goldbloom was struck on August 25 and died on August 29, just a week after her 79th birthday, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

The second incident occurred at Dodger Stadium in 1970 at a game between the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The ball sailed to the first base side of home plate and over the protective netting into the Loge Level, where it struck Goldbloom.

However, Jana Brody, Mrs Goldbloom's daughter, told the Washington Post that those measures had not prevented her mother's death, which was caused when a ball hit by San Diego's Franmil Reyes travelled over an area protected by netting and struck her on the head.

Goldbloom, a mother of three and grandmother of seven, was a "true fan" of the Dodgers, her daughter said.

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Goldbloom was promptly taken to the hospital, and was unresponsive for three days before the family chose to take her off life support. "We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the passing of Mrs. Goldbloom", the Los Angeles Dodgers said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

'Mr. and Mrs. Goldbloom were great Dodgers fans who regularly attended games.

It was unclear what exactly the team meant by resolving the matter, and the Goldbloom family refused to comment on any terms that may have been agreed to.

Brody told ESPN the family wouldn't comment on any agreement or possible legal action.

Baseball fans are frequently injured by batted balls that leave the field of play but deaths are rare.

"I'd love to see the netting extended vertically, and we know it doesn't block the view", said Brody.

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