In this the Sept. 24th issue of SI, senior writer S.L. Price details the gripping story of Mike Coolbaugh, who died after being struck by a foul ball while coaching first base for Double A Tulsa in July. Here's a gallery of Coolbaugh and his family, beginning with a 2005 shot of him with sons Joey, right, and Jacob at spring training with the Houston Astros.
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Coolbaugh was a third baseman in the Astros' organization in 2005. All told, he spent 17 seasons in the minors with nine organizations, but played in only 44 major league games (39 with the Brewers and five as a September call-up with the Cardinals).
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Amanda and her sons are still trying to cope with Mike's death.
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Joseph and Jacob may one day try to follow in their father's footsteps and make it to the majors.
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The Coolbaugh's took a scenic stroll for their engagement photo.
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Mike and Amanda exchanged wedding vows in 2000.
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Mike and Amanda playing with Jacob, left, and Joseph in 2006.
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Coolbaugh was the starting quarterback for Roosevelt High.
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Coolbaugh played basketball, football and baseball for the Roosevelt High Rough Riders in San Antonio.
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Coolbaugh was signed by the Yankees organization as a free agent in 1998 and 1999.
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