Forensic Engineering Analysis of Baseball Ballistics

Article Author: David S. Komm, P.E. (NAFE 737S)

Volume: 29
Volume #: 1
Month: June
Year: 2012

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In 1998, a baseball traveled from a minor-league baseball practice area into an adjacent parking lot, ultimately striking a six-week old infant being placed into a car seat. The issue of appropriate fence heights was raised by the infant’s family. The forensic engineering analysis included analysis of the baseball flight dynamics, the application of statistical analysis and the design of sports facilities. During discovery, prior knowledge of similar baseball flight paths was brought to light, presenting challenges to the defense.


Forensic engineering, ballistics, baseball, sports facilities