Minor league baseball coach killed during game
Anyone who says that a game of baseball can't turn deadly is highly mistaken.
Tulsa Drillers coach Mike Coolbaugh died on Sunday after being hit by a line drive as he stood in the first-base coach's box during a game.
The Texas Minor League game was suspended on Sunday during the ninth inning after the former major leaguer was hit by a foul ball off the bat of Tino Sanchez.
Coolbaugh survived the initial blow from the ball, but it knocked him unconscious. He died shortly after in the ambulance after arriving at Baptist Medical Center-North Little Rock.
"They tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead at 9:47 p.m.," North Little Rock police sergeant Terry Kuykendall told the Associated Press.
He was 35 years old. Coolbaugh played briefly in the major leagues for the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in part of two seasons. He had only joined the Tulsa staff as batting coach on July 3.
Coolbaugh, whose older brother Scott also played in the majors for a brief time, is survived by his wife pregnant Mandy, and sons, Joseph and Jacob. Mandy Coolbaugh is set to have the couple's third child in October.