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Ga. medics resuscitate former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee

Lee was warming up for a Savannah Bananas game when he stopped breathing and collapsed


Former Boston Red Sox player Bill Lee pitches during a Red Sox alumni baseball game on May 27, 2018, in Boston. Lee had stopped breathing after collapsed in the bullpen during a Savannah Bananas exhibition game on Friday, but paramedics and two shocks with a defibrillator helped resuscitate the 75-year-old pitcher, according to a witness.

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By Leila Merrill

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee stopped breathing after collapsing in the bullpen Friday night during an exhibition game for the Savannah Bananas, according to ESPN.

Paramedics resuscitated the 75-year-old pitcher using a defibrillator, according to a witness at the scene.

“Without immediate intervention, I do not believe he’d be here today,” Town of Thunderbolt Administrator Bob Milie said Saturday, a day after the cardiac episode, the Associated Press reported.

“He wasn’t breathing,” said Milie, who’s also a firefighter in the Georgia town a few miles from Savannah. “It was very, very dire.”

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