LOS ANGELES — A woman who was hit by a batted ball at Dodger Stadium last August died a few days later, according to documents obtained by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and details the woman’s daughter provided.
Linda Goldbloom, 79, was struck in the head by a foul ball during the Dodgers-Padres game on Aug. 25. According to a Los Angeles County coroner’s report obtained by ESPN, Goldbloom died as a result of “acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma.”
Goldbloom was at the game with her husband, Erwin, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law to celebrate her recent birthday and wedding anniversary. The Goldblooms had purchased partial-season tickets each of the past 10 years, according to their daughter.
The group was sitting in section 106 on the loge level, to the first-base side of home plate and above the seating area protected by netting which has been extended in recent years. The accident occurred when a San Diego batter fouled off a pitch from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning of the Aug. 25 game. The batted ball struck Goldbloom in the head. An usher responded and an EMT was summoned.
Goldbloom was taken to L.A. County-USC Medical Center, where she underwent emergency surgery for a brain injury. Goldbloom was unresponsive following the surgery and was placed on a ventilator. Her family had her removed from life-support machines and Goldbloom died on Aug. 29.
The Dodgers made no comment on the incident until ESPN contacted them.
“Mr. and Mrs. Goldbloom were great Dodgers fans who regularly attended games,” a Dodgers spokesman told ESPN. “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.”
According to ESPN’s research, there have been two other reported deaths linked to balls that left the field of play during an MLB game. A 32-year-old man died one day after he was hit in the head by a thrown ball on Sept. 29, 1943, at Griffith Stadium in Washington. Fourteen-year-old Alan Fish died after he was hit in the head by a foul ball on May 16, 1970, at Dodger Stadium. Dodgers outfielder Manny Mota was batting against San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry when Mota hit a line drive down the first-base line, near the dugout, that struck Fish who was seated two rows from the field.
Report: Woman died after being hit by foul ball at Dodger Stadium