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Woman Hit by Wild Pitch Gets $2.5M

April 21, 1999

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ A woman struck in the face by a wild warmup pitch during a Florida Marlins game was awarded $2.5 million by a jury for injuries that left her with lingering headaches and concentration problems.

Linda Postlethwaite was injured by an errant pitch by former Philadelphia reliever Mitch Williams, who was warming up in the bullpen during a Phillies-Marlins game Aug. 8, 1993.

Postlethwaite, 48, actually will receive $972,000 from Tuesday’s verdict. Additional money will come from confidential settlements reached with the Marlins, former Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga and stadium designer HOK Sports.

The Robbie company will owe Postlethwaite $850,500 and the Phillies $121,500, for a total of $972,000.

Williams, nicknamed ``Wild Thing″ because of his scattershot arm, was warming up in the eighth inning when he uncorked a pitch that sailed into the stands. It struck Postlethwaite between the eyes and sent her to the hospital with a broken nose.

The former PaineWebber stockbroker hasn’t worked since the accident and still has headaches and problems with concentration, according to her lawyer.

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