September 23, 2023

Purple Sox

FILE – Former Boston Purple Sox pitcher Invoice “Spaceman” Lee poses Could 25, 2016, at his residence in Craftsbury, Vt. AP Picture/Dave Gram, File

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Former Boston Purple Sox pitcher Invoice “Spaceman” Lee collapsed on the sector throughout pregame ceremonies earlier than a Triple-A sport between the Worcester Purple Sox and the Norfolk Tides on Thursday. He walked off on his personal and was laughing and speaking within the dugout after, reported.

Lee was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and signal autographs. reported that the 76-year-old left-hander was taking part in catch within the outfield when he put his fingers on his knees and fell backward. The web site stated that Lee was instantly assisted by WooSox medical personnel and walked off the sector to the dugout on his personal. He seemed to be laughing as he sat within the dugout for about an inning into the sport earlier than he was taken to a hospital.

In a press release from the WooSox that was additionally learn over the general public deal with system at Polar Park, the crew stated that Lee “had a well being scare.”

“Whereas he appears to have recovered rapidly, medical doctors have beneficial checking him out at a close-by hospital simply to make sure,” the assertion stated. “He has skilled such episodes earlier than, and has been tremendous thereafter.”

The WooSox stated later Thursday that Lee’s situation was secure on the hospital.

Lee additionally collapsed on a Georgia subject a couple of 12 months in the past whereas he was pitching for the Savannah Bananas, a novelty barnstorming crew. Paramedics at that sport resuscitated him with a defibrillator.

Lee went 119-90 in 14 seasons with Boston and Montreal from 1969-82, making the 1973 AL All-Star crew. He helped pitch the Purple Sox into the 1975 World Collection and began Sport 7 towards Cincinnati, leaving with a 3-2 lead within the seventh inning of the sport Boston misplaced 4-3.