Spaceman lands in Brockton
One of my all-time favorite Red Sox is Bill Lee, AKA the Spaceman. As a left-handed pitcher, he was the very model of consistency, winning 17 games three straight years. He was a key member of the 1975 pennant winners. He still holds the Red Sox record for most games pitched by a left-hander.
Lee earned his nickname by being somewhat unconventional. Lee was a regular quote machine. Among some of his best:
I’m mad at Hank (Aaron) for deciding to play one more season. I threw him his last home run and thought I’d be remembered forever. Now, I’ll have to throw him another.
I think about the cosmic snowball theory. A few million years from now the sun will burn out and lose its gravitational pull. The earth will turn into a giant snowball and be hurled through space. When that happens it won’t matter if I get this guy out.
You should enter a ballpark the way you enter a church.
At age 63, Bill Lee has joined the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am league to pitch the final game of their season on September 5. How cool is that?