Little League International Mourns the Passing of Dr. Barry Goldberg
Dr. Barry Goldberg
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Sept. 26, 2007) – Little League
International mourns the passing on Tuesday of Dr. Barry Goldberg, a
member of the Little League International Board of Directors since
“Not only have we lost a great friend and outstanding director, but we
have lost a tremendous asset to the Little League program,” Stephen D.
Keener, president and chief executive officer of Little League
Baseball and Softball, said. “Dr. Goldberg provided us with a wealth
of knowledge and experience that cannot easily be replaced. We will
miss him, and we extend our condolences to his wife Betty and the
entire Goldberg family at this difficult time.”
For more than 17 years, Dr. Goldberg was director of sports medicine
at Yale University Health Services. In that position, he directed the
medical services for the Yale varsity sports program comprising 1,200
varsity athletes as well as the club sport program.
In 1993, Dr. Goldberg was appointed the chairman of USA Baseball
Medical and Safety Advisory Committee. He was instrumental in helping
Little League develop several recent changes to the rules and
regulations, including the league age determination date, and Little
League’s ground-breaking pitch count regulation in baseball.
Dr. Goldberg also was the school physician at Amity (N.Y.) High School
for more than 25 years and team physician for the New Haven Ravens, a
Class AA baseball team starting in 1994.
He was a clinical professor of pediatrics at the Yale University
School of Medicine. He implemented and instructed a sports medicine
elective for pediatric residents as well as provided sports medicine
lectures for the pediatric training program.
Dr. Goldberg was a Magna cum Laude graduate of Queens College in 1964
and a Summa cum Laude graduate of Downstate Medical Center in 1968,
and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1963 and Alpha Omega Alpha in
1968. He was a member of the Committee of Sportsmedicine of the
American Academy of Pediatrics from 1986-1992 and on the Executive
Committee from 1991-1996.
In 2002, Dr. Goldberg edited “Play Safe,” an educational National
Football League manual for coaches and parents sponsored by the NFL.
More than 60,000 sets have been distributed. In 2003, he was made a
member of the Medical Advisory Committee of Major League Baseball.
Following his appointment as Chairman of the Medical Safety Committee
of USA Baseball and as a member of the Board of Directors of Little
League, Dr. Goldberg focused on baseball, specifically baseball
safety. He actively participated in the protocols of three published
USA Baseball sponsored articles, including:
• Mueller F. Injuries in Little League Baseball from 1987-1996.
Physician Sportsmedicine, 29,41-48, July 2001.
• Fleisig G, Lyman S, Andrews J, Osinski R. Effect of pitch type,
pitch count and pitching mechanisms on the risk of elbow and shoulder
pain in youth baseball. Amer. J. Sports Med, 30 (4): 463-468, 2002.
• Marshall S, Mueller F. Evaluation of safety balls and faceguards for
the prevention of injuries in youth baseball. Journ. of Amer. Med.
Assoc., Vol.89, 5, 2003.
Dr. Goldberg also provided review articles on Creatine
supplementation, smokeless tobacco, child abuse, lightning and stress
fractures as well as articles relating to sports for children with
chronic health conditions. His involvement with USA Baseball, which
includes members from the National High School Federation, the Youth
Sports Council and Major League Baseball as well as his position as a
member of the Board of Directors of Little League International, his
clinical experience at Yale University and his long held interest in
overuse syndromes made Dr. Goldberg a qualified member of a research
team that has proposed to study overuse injuries in young baseball
Dr. Goldberg resided in Connecticut with his wife Betty. They have
three children (Mickey Scott, Rachel Leigh, and Daniel Drexler).