A coach for the Tulsa Drillers was killed by a foul ball during a minor league baseball game on Sunday night. Coach Mike Coolbaugh was hit in the head by a line drive while coaching first-base during a Texas League game with the Arkansas Travelers. The ball was hit by Tino Sanchez in the ninth inning of the game and struck Coolbaugh either on the right side of his head or his forehead and immediately dropped to the ground.

The game was suspended as CPR was given to Coolbaugh to resuscitate him. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center in North Little Rock where he stopped breathing as the ambulance arrived at the hospital. He was pronounced dead at 9:47 p.m. The game ended with the Travelers, affiliated with the Angels, led 7-3 with no outs and a runner on first in the top of the ninth inning. A date and time for finishing the game has not yet been chosen.

Coolbaugh was 35 years old and played 44 games in the major leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers over two seasons. He joined the Tulsa Drillers as a batting coach on July 3 and had played for the Colorado Rockies affiliated team in 1996. He was born in Binghamton, New York, went to high school in San Antonio, and was drafted in the 16th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990. He played third base in the minor leagues for about 10 years before making it to the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2001. His older brother, Scott, played 167 major league games throughout four season with Texas, San Diego, and St. Louis in the early 1990’s. He is survived by his wife, Mandy, and two sons, Joseph and Jacob as well as a third child who is due in October.

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