Baseball manager recovering from blow to forehead

Posted: Wednesday, June 20, 2001

KENAI (AP) -- A Kenai Peninsula American Legion baseball manager struck on the head by a line drive Sunday says the only lingering effects are mild headaches.

Post 20 Peninsula Twins manager Lance Coz was standing in the third-base coaches' box during a game in Anchorage when he was hit in the forehead by the ball estimated to be traveling upward of 100 mph.

The ball destroyed Coz's baseball cap by tearing the area where the bill and cap meet. It also opened a gash in Coz's forehead that took about 10 stitches to close.

''I saw the swing of the bat and then -- boom - it was there instantly,'' said Coz, who is in his 26th year managing the team. ''What I remember is seeing seams a few inches from my forehead. There was a lot of blood.''

The ball bounced about 30 feet into the air. Coz thought the blow had laid him directly out on his back, but observers told him he went down on his knees before ending up on his back.

''Once I came to, I realized that I was basically going to be OK,'' Coz said. ''I was thinking about the game and having to drive the bus home.''

It quickly became apparent that Coz would have nothing to do with the rest of the game, or driving the bus home.

Coz received initial treatment from Twins player Quincy Bird, who has EMT training. An ambulance transported Coz to Providence Alaska Medical Center. He was diagnosed with a concussion and doctors determined Coz could return home as long as he had someone stay with him for 24 to 48 hours.

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