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Michael Robert Coolbaugh
Born: 6/5/72 in Binghamton, NY
HT/WT: 6-1/190; Position: Third baseman

Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund

The Tulsa Drillers, along with Spirit Bank in Tulsa, have set up a memorial fund to benefit the Coolbaugh family:

Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Fund
c/o Spirit Bank
1800 S. Baltimore Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74119

Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Golf Tournament


“Some of those up and down players have a lot of bitterness, but it was nothing but positive energy every day from him.”

Jim Skaalen, Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach

“He was one of the first guys I played with that was a real veteran hitter. He knew a lot about the game. His and my style were very similar -– we’re both analytical. We spent hours talking about the game and at-bats and situations. I very much enjoyed my time playing with him. I learned a lot from him. It’s a shame because he probably would’ve had a great career in coaching.”

Chris Burke, Houston Astros

“He'd do anything to make the club. He's a guy who if you asked to catch, he'd say yes. A lifer, basically. He just wanted to stay in the game because he had that personality.”

Joe Torre, New York Yankees manager

“He was a great teammate. A good guy. I just remember he always had his kids around. He always took time to hang out with his family and play with his kids. He was an all-around good guy.”

Luke Scott, Houston Astros

Career Highlights

Summary of Accomplishments

  • 16th-round draft pick in 1990
  • Florida State League All-Star in 1996
  • Southern League All-Star in 1997
  • Led SL in home run (30), RBIs (132), total bases (303) and extra-base hits (69) in 1997
  • International League All-Star in 2001
  • Made his Major League debut with the Milwaukee Brewers on July 16, 2001
  • Hit his first big-leauge home run on July 17, 2001 against the White Sox
  • Second in HR/AB (1/14.17) and fourth in homers (29) in the Pacific Coast League in 2002
  • Third in HR/AB (1/13.47) in the Texas League in 2004
  • Pacific Coast League All-Star in 2005
  • Fourth in RBIs (101) and fifth in total bases (250) in the PCL in 2005

Minor League Career Totals