Michael Robert Coolbaugh
Born: June 5, 1972 in Binghamton, N.Y.
Died: July 22, 2007 in North Little Rock, Ark.
Debut: 2001 | Pos: 3B
H: 6'1" | W: 190 | B: R | T: R
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Mike Coolbaugh, a coach for the Tulsa Drillers and a former major league player, died July 22, 2007 after being struck in the head by a line drive as he stood in the first base coach's box during a game. He was 35.
The game, held in North Little Rock, Ark., was suspended following the incident and Coolbaugh was pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to reports, Coolbaugh was struck in the right side of the head by the ball and collapsed. Other reports said that CPR was administered to him on the field.
He made his major league debut as a player in 2001. He appeared in 44 games in the major leagues, hitting .183 with two home runs and seven RBI.
His older brother, Scott, also played in the major leagues with Texas, San Diego and St. Louis.
Coolbaugh is survived by his wife, Mandy, and two young sons, Joseph and Jacob, all of San Antonio. Mandy Coolbaugh is expecting another child in October.