By Steve LaMontia, Director of
Scott Susor plays in the Houston
Hardball League. On April 5thof this year Scott died. On the
field. During a game. He is 57 years old. Umpire Terrence Brown saved Scott’s
life. Brown performed CPR to keep Scott
alive after an apparent heart attack. Brown was successful and saved Scott’s life, an event that will
obviously bond these two gentlemen forever. Sometimes stories are better served by allowing the main character to
discuss the plot. I have done just
that. Below you will find Scott Susor’s
explanation of the events and the people who changed his life forever.
"I am the co-founder of the Houston
Senior Baseball Association (back in June 1990), which later joined MSBL and is
now known as the Houston Hardball League. On April 5th of this
year I died of a heart attack on the baseball field during a game. I had
just pitched the first inning, walked back to the bench, sat down ... and fell
forward. I was told all of this because my memory stops about a half hour
before it happened. CPR, then seven shocks and five epi’s into the heart
followed and I came back while in the bus on the way to the hospital. I
was dead for 45 minutes.
Six days later I had triple bypass
surgery. They told me the rest of my heart looked great but the arteries going in were just too
small and got blocked. So they took a vein from my left leg and made
three nice new big arteries into my heart. I was told I could go back to
baseball in 90 days so I returned to play my first game back on Sunday, July 10th.
For a little background information, I
play for the Hombres in the 55+ division and the Cardinals in the 40’s. I
have been to Phoenix several times for the MSBL World Series. We sent our
first team there back in 1991 and I was part of that team, named the Houston
Buffs. I was last there in 2014 when I played with the Houston
Angels. A few years ago, one of my teammates who came to Houston fromBoise, Idaho asked if I would go to Phoenix with his former team because they needed a catcher.
I went two years with them. I’ve also played with the Houston A’z a
couple times in Phoenix.
I play third base, first base, catch
and I pitch occasionally. I used to pitch a lot but in the last few years
I’ve played mostly third and caught
I would like to take this opportunity
to encourage all players to have their heart checked, even the younger ones who
don’t normally think about it. My surgeon told me that because my
arteries were too small, it was genetic (both my parents had heart problems,
but neither actually died from a heart
attack), and this could have happened when I was 25 or 35 or 45. I know
that about 20 guys just in our league got their hearts checked after they heard
about what happened to me. Also, everyone should learn CPR. It was
the umpire, Terence Brown, who did the CPR that saved my life. He’s also
the head football coach at Davis High School here in Houston.
Terrence and I had a reunion
recently. I wanted to thank him for
saving my life. It was done at a reunion
of all the people who were involved in keeping me alive from HFD Station’s 5 and 50. Terrence literally kept me alive
until EMS crews could get there. (Click
on the picture of Scott and Terrence above to see the video of their reunion as shown
on channel 2 in Houston.)
I’m a walking, talking MIRACLE!
The docs told me that only 7% of people who have a "Widow Maker” heart attack like mine survive
and only 7% of those have no lasting after effects – and I’ve had none. Another outcome of this is that all Houston
umpires are now going to be required to take a CPR class. I hope other
MSBL leagues can adopt this requirement, too. Terence took his course 18 years ago and never needed to utilize it
until April 5, 2016.
I was pitching for the Cardinals when
the heart attack happened. This picture (left) was taken the night I returned to watch the
Cardinals game. You can see the "LifeVest” monitor I had to wear for 90
days after surgery. The monitor has
never detected any problems so it went away on July 15th. I took it off to play on July 10th, with my
doctor’s OK. Thank you Terrence Brown!"