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Royals Coach Hurt Ridding Bicycle

May 19, 1999

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Tom Burgmeier, bullpen coach for the Kansas City Royals, suffered a broken leg and wrist Wednesday when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle to Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals said Burgmeier, 55, was struck when a car made a right turn in front of him. Both he and the bike became airborne over the top of the vehicle, fracturing his left leg and right wrist and causing a laceration to the right knee. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

A 17-year major league veteran with five clubs, Burgmeier was 79-55 with 102 saves and a 3.23 career ERA. He was a member of the 1980 American League All-Star team.

Mike Jirschele, the Royals minor league coordinator of instruction and infield, took Burgmeier’s place as bullpen coach for Wednesday night’s game.

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