For the second time in just over a year, former Montreal Expos pitcher Bill Lee suffered a heart attack while catching balls on the field Thursday night in Worcester.
According to website masslive.com, “Spaceman” collapsed in the outfield of Polar Park, home of AAA farm club Boston Red Sox. The organization also wanted to reassure its admirers by sending a photo of the ex-shooter in the hospital in the evening. According to the team, Lee is in satisfactory condition.
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The 76-year-old was supposed to enter the festival field before a game and sign autographs, but after catching balls for about 90 minutes, he collapsed to the ground. Needing immediate assistance, he still left the playing area on foot and even attended a round of the game before making his way to the hospital.
We are grateful to see that big smile from Bill Lee, who is in stable condition at UMass Memorial after enduring a brief health scare this evening. Thinking of you all in the WooSox Nation, Spaceman! pic.twitter.com/a8bsAkzmz0
— Worcester Red Sox (@WooSox) September 1, 2023
On August 19, 2022, Lee experienced a similar mishap during a warmup session in the Savannah Bananas’ bullpen and required cardiopulmonary resuscitation to keep him alive.
In recent days, he has been participating in a former Expos softball tour that has stopped at a few locations in Quebec.