Ex-Big Leaguer Bill Lee, 75, collapses at exhibition game – Boston News, Weather, Sports

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox star Bill Lee collapsed in the bullpen Friday night while warming up for a Savannah Bananas exhibition game, but the 75-year-old pitcher walked off the field with assistance.

“He was able to leave the stadium medically and was taken to a local hospital,” team president Jared Orton said in an email to The Associated Press.

Lee, a member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame and affectionately dubbed “Spaceman,” was in the right field bullpen when the episode occurred.

Lee has played for the Bananas, a popular club known for their bright yellow uniforms and entertaining antics on and off the field. There is another version of the bananas in the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer league.

In 14 seasons with Boston and Montreal, Lee went 119-90. As an All-Star in 1973, the left-hander helped propel the Red Sox into the 1975 World Series, starting Game 7 against Cincinnati. Lee went out in the seventh inning and Boston later lost to Cincinnati 4-3.

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