Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is one of the best baseball writers working today. He’s also a hero after helping save the life of a videographer who collapsed in the Cubs’ dugout before yesterday’s Cubs-Cardinals game.
The videographer — a 64-year-old man named Mike Flanary — had no pulse when Goold, who is a former lifeguard, performed CPR on him. The Cubs’ trainers and EMTs came on afterward to relieve him. The doctor on duty at Busch Stadium later called Goold’s acts “the first link in the chain of survival. He added:
“It’s fabulous. It was the early CPR by Derrick Goold that probably saved his life. Derrick wasn’t afraid. He didn’t hesitate. And he did it. In the medical field, when you save somebody like this, they call it a clinical save. This is a clinical save that was started by Derrick Goold. Period.”
Flanary was subsequently transferred to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis where he is listed in critical but stable condition. He is said to have suffered a heart attack and, later, a stroke.
I’d wager decent money that Goold will win the Spink Award some day. When he does, his Hall of Fame bio is gonna have more than just “he covered the Cardinals pretty good” on it.