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Written by The Staff   
Sunday, 22 July 2007 18:17

Tulsa DrillersMike Coolbaugh, the first base coach for the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League was killed Sunday evening when he was struck in the right side of the head by a hard hit line-drive foul ball in the top of the ninth. The game with the Arkansas Travelers was immediately suspended.

The Drillers website states that, "With the Travelers leading 7-3 and Matt Miller at first base with no outs, Tino Sanchez hit a line drive that struck Coolbaugh in the head. He was knocked unconscious and was administered CPR on the field."

The AP reports :

Sgt. Terry Kuykendall, spokesman for North Little Rock police, said Coolbaugh was still alive when he was put in an ambulance for the trip to the hospital, but stopped breathing as the ambulance arrived at the facility.

"They tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at 9:47 p.m.," Kuykendall said.

Coolbaugh played 44 games in the major leagues over two seasons, his last appearance with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2002. The Drillers' web site said Coolbaugh joined the Tulsa team's staff on July 3.

 The Drillers are a AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

 
 
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