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. Both the team and Goldbloom's family would not tell ESPN if any legal action or agreement had been struck in the aftermath of the incident.
Goldbloom was promptly taken to the hospital, and was unresponsive for three days before the family chose to take her off life support.
The Los Angeles County coroner's report said "acute intracranial hemorrhage due to history of blunt force trauma" from the batted ball was the cause of death. This photo was taken by her husband, Erwin, and includes her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Michael and Eve Goldbloom, in the second row. We were deeply saddened by this tragic accident and the passing of Mrs. Goldbloom.
Goldbloom "began to experience left-sided weakness", the report said, after she was hit in the head by the ball. The matter has been resolved between the Dodgers and the Goldbloom family. ESPN reports the injury occurred when Goldbloom was hit with a baseball at an August 25 game at Dodger Stadium.
Brody said she is hoping her mother's death will shed light on the safety issue and urge officials to consider enforcing further protection for fans.
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. Goldbloom had been sitting in the stadium's Loge Level, the level above field level, just above the area protected by netting on the first-base side. "We can not comment further on this matter".
Although Mrs Goldbloom's death is the first in almost 50 years that has been directly attributed to a foul ball, hundreds of fans are struck every season. Clarence Stagemyer, 32, died after being hit by a thrown ball at Griffith Stadium in Washington in 1943. 'Raise it a little higher, what's the hurt in that?'