Savannah Bananas pitcher Bill Lee Spaceman former MLB All-Star collapses

Savannah Bananas pitcher Bill Lee, the 75-year-old former major league All-Star, collapsed in the bullpen while warming up during a game Friday after suffering what a first responder on the scene called a “cardiac episode.”

Lee received medical attention, including from some fast-acting Thunderbolt firefighters, police officers and a paramedic in attendance near the right-field bullpen, and after several minutes on the ground was able to walk off the field with assistance. Lee was taken by ambulance to Memorial Health University Medical Center, where he was being treated late Friday night.

“I would say without immediate intervention, that person would not be alive right now,” said Town of Thunderbolt Administrator Bob Millie, also a firefighter who was in the right-field stands during the Banana Ball game against the Party Animals at Grayson Stadium.

“He had a cardiac episode that stopped his breathing. That only ends one way normally, but their direct involvement saved his life.”

First responders, including Town of Thunderbolt firefighters and police officers attending the Bananas game, treated pitcher Bill Lee in the bullpen on the first-base side at Grayson Stadium on Friday night.

Among the group at the ballpark for the Town of Thunderbolt’s employee appreciation night were Kris Fain, a Thunderbolt firefighter and EMT, and his wife Heather, a paramedic not affiliated with the town. They saw a player lying on the ground and people running towards him, but that kind of commotion in the context of a Bananas game could be misconstrued as entertainment.

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