Fan killed by foul ball at Dodger Stadium in August, coroner says

A foul ball at a game at Dodger Stadium last August killed a California woman, but her death was not made public until more than five months later.

ESPN’s Outside the Lines linked the death of Linda Goldbloom to a foul ball off the bat of San Diego Padres outfielder Franmil Reyes in the top of the ninth inning on Aug. 25. The ball hit Goldbloom in the head. 

According to a summary of the L.A. County Medical Examiner’s report reviewed by USA TODAY Sports, Goldbloom, 79, died on Aug. 29 from an “acute intracranial hemorrhage” and a “history of blunt force trauma.” The manner of death was listed as an accident. 

The longtime Dodger fan, mother of three and grandmother of seven was sitting in the Loge Level along the first-base side of home plate when Reyes fouled off a 93-mph fastball from Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.

Last season, all 30 MLB teams extended the protective netting around areas close to the playing field from behind home plate to both dugouts. However, the ball Reyes hit went just over the area protected by netting and struck Goldbloom. 

“Ushers came down and asked if she was all right, and she said no, then EMT came and rushed her to the hospital — she threw up in the ambulance,” her daughter, Jana Brody, told OTL.

In baseball history, only two other fans have died as a result of being hit by balls that left the field of play, ESPN reports. One of them came at Washington’s Griffith Stadium in 1943 and the other at Dodger Stadium in 1970.

Contributing: A.J. Perez

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