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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 1996.

“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 pitchers.

Dr. Goldberg resided in Connecticut with his wife Betty. They have three children (Mickey Scott, Rachel Leigh, and Daniel Drexler).