Coroner Confirms Baseball Fan Linda Goldbloom Died Of Foul Ball At Dodger Stadium
On August 29, Linda Goldbloom died. She was a mother of three and a grandmother of seven. According to coroners’ reports, Goldbloom suffered from acute intracranial hemorrhaging after being struck in the head by a foul ball at Dodgers Stadium.
During the August 25 game, a San Diego Padres batter fouled back a pitch in the top of the ninth inning. That ball sailed over the protective netting and struck her head in section 106 Row C, Seat 5.
“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,” Goldbloom’s daughter, Jana Brody, said.
It was supposed to be a happy day for the family. Brody was celebrating her wedding anniversary when she was told her mother would have emergency brain surgery after midnight at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Goldbloom, a lifelong Dodgers fan, was at the game to celebrate her 79th birthday and 59th wedding anniversary with her husband, Erwin, brother-in-law Michael and sister-in-law Eve.
For three days after the incident, Goldbloom was unresponsive aside from once moving a finger when asked if her name was Linda. Her eyes never opened at the hospital and she was kept alive by a ventilator. After doctors determined that Goldbloom’s quality of life couldn’t be repaired and she would have to be kept alive by machines, her family prepared to lose her. They gathered with a rabbi and shared memories on August 28. Goldbloom died the next morning.
“Mr. and Mrs. Goldbloom were great Dodgers fans who regularly attended games,” a spokesman for the Dodgers said. “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.”
Goldbloom’s injury came during the first season in which every MLB team installed protective netting from behind home plate to the ends of the dugouts. The move wasn’t required but the league did recommend it.