Coroner report: Dodgers fan killed by foul ball

Coroner report: Dodgers fan killed by foul ball

Coroner report: Dodgers fan killed by foul ball

ESPN's William Weinbaum wrote a story published on Monday about the death of fan Linda Goldbloom, who died on August 29, four days after being hit by a foul ball.

Goldbloom, a long-time Dodgers fan, was sitting in the loge level (balcony) along the first-base line when a foul ball that hit the woman. ESPN reports the injury occurred when Goldbloom was hit with a baseball at an August 25 game at Dodger Stadium.

A 79-year-old woman died last August after being struck in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium, reports ESPN's William Weinbaum.

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

Her death comes during the year when Major League Baseball teams added protective netting from behind home plate to the ends of dugouts as a safeguard for fans sitting in sections closest to the batters.

The Dodgers made no mention of the incident either when it happened or upon Goldbloom's death, but when reached by ESPN, a spokesman for the team provided a statement.

The Dodgers released a statement, "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. After being unresponsive for the ensuing days, the family followed Goldbloom's wishes not to be kept alive by a machine if it was deemed she would not get back her quality of life. "We can not comment further on this matter". In this case, Goldbloom was struck by a foul ball hit over the netting. The Dodgers did not publicly announce her death or what caused it until contacted by the network.

Clarence Stagemyer, who died at 32 after being hit in the head by a ball accidentally thrown into the stands by a Washington Senators third baseman at Griffith Stadium on September 29, 1943.

Brody said she hopes to see more protective netting going forward. "Raise it a little higher - what's the hurt in that?"

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