IN MEMORIAM: DR. BARRY GOLDBERG
Sept. 26, 2007
USA Baseball mourns the passing of its Medical/Safety Advisory Committee Chairman
DURHAM, NC -- USA Baseball mourns the passing on Tuesday of Dr. Barry Goldberg, Chairman of the USA Baseball Medical/Safety Advisory Committee. Dr. Goldberg was appointed Chairman in 1993.
"Barry was a friend not only to USA Baseball, but to the baseball community in general," said Mike Gaski, President of USA Baseball.
"His accomplishments while Chairman of the USA Baseball Medical/Safety Advisory Committee have benefited thousands of baseball players, while also making the world of baseball a much safer place to play. He will be dearly missed by past, present and future USA Baseball athletes."
Paul Seiler, CEO/Executive Director of USA Baseball echoed Gaski's sentiments.
"You couldn't help but be touched by Barry if you met him. He was bright, witty, humble and incredibly dedicated to whatever the project of the day was. His energy was infectious, and he will be sadly missed. Our condolences go out to his entire family."
Dr. Goldberg was director of sports medicine at Yale University Health Services for more than 17 years. He directed the medical services for the Yale varsity sports program as well as the club sport program, and 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 and provided sports medicine lectures for the pediatric training program.
Prior to his years at Yale, 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 Sports medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 1986-1992 and he was on the Executive Committee from 1991-1996. 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. In 2003 he was named to the Medical Advisory Committee of Major League Baseball.
For more than a decade, Dr. Goldberg also held prominent positions within Little League Baseball International. In 1996, he was elected to the Little League Baseball International Board of Directors, and while there, continued his work on overuse syndromes among young baseball pitchers.
Following his appointment as Chairman of the Medical/Safety Advisory Committee of USA Baseball, Dr. Goldberg focused specifically on baseball safety. As chair of that committee he actively participated in the protocols of three published USA Baseball sponsored articles.
Dr. Goldberg is survived by his wife Betty. Together they have three children - Mickey Scott, Rachel Leigh, and Daniel Drexler.