A Dodgers fan, 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom, was struck and killed by a foul ball at a game between the Padres and Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in August last year, ESPN’s Outside the Lines is reporting. OTL cites a Los Angeles County coroner’s report.
The incident occurred in the top of the ninth inning when Franmil Reyes fouled off a Kenley Jansen fastball, sending it to the first base side of home plate, striking Goldbloom. Goldbloom was celebrating both her 79th birthday and her 59th wedding anniversary. The ball went just past where the recently-installed protective netting ends.
As ESPN’s William Weinbaum notes, Goldbloom is the third known fan to die from being struck by a baseball at a major league stadium and the first in nearly 50 years. There have been other incidents that have made the news in recent years, particularly as teams have been urged to install more protective netting at ballparks. In September 2017, a young girl was struck in the face by a Todd Frazier foul ball and had to be carried out of the stadium and taken to a hospital. She suffered multiple facial fractures and her brain bleeding had to be monitored for a potential seizure. According to her father, Geoff Jacobson, when he first saw her in the hospital, she had an imprint of the baseball on her forehead.