Bill Spaceman Lee Boston Red Sox Autographed Signed OML Baseball COA Montreal Expos
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Great looking, single signed baseball by former Boston Red Sox pitcher...Bill "Spaceman" Lee.
Bill began his career in 1969 with the Boston Red Sox. He played for the Red Sox 1969-78 and Montreal Expos 1979-82. During his career, he played in 419 games and registered a 119-90 won/loss record with 72 complete games, 10 shutouts, 19 saves, 713 K's and a 3.62 ERA in 1944.1 innings pitched. Bill, whose nickname was "Spaceman", was a 1973 AL All-Star. Bill signed the sweet spot of this OML Allan H. Selig baseball with a blue ballpoint pen. He signed this baseball on October 6, 2012.
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William Francis Lee III (born December 28, 1946), nicknamed "Spaceman", is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for the Boston Red Sox from 1969-1978 and the Montreal Expos from 1979-1982. On November 7, 2008, Lee was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame as the team's record-holder for most games pitched by a left-hander (321) and the third-highest win total (94) by a Red Sox southpaw. On August 23, 2012, Lee signed a contract to play with the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent North American League at age 65.
In addition to his baseball experience, Lee is known for his counterculture behavior, his antics both on and off the field, and his use of the Leephus pitch, a personalized variation of the eephus pitch.
Lee has co-written four books: The Wrong Stuff; Have Glove, Will Travel; The Little Red (Sox) Book: A Revisionist Red Sox History; and Baseball Eccentrics: the Most Entertaining, Outrageous, and Unforgettable Characters in the Game. In 2006, the acclaimed documentary film by Brett Rapkin Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey featured Lee.
Lee was born in Burbank, California into a family of former semi- and professional baseball players. His grandfather William Lee was an infielder for the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League and his aunt Annabelle Lee was a pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. He attended the University of Southern California from 1964-1968 where he played for Rod Dedeaux, and was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round of the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft.
Major league career
Lacking a good fastball, Lee developed off-speed pitches, including a variation of the Eephus pitch. The Leephus pitch or Space Ball, the names for Lee's take on the eephus pitch, follows a high, arcing trajectory and is very slow.
Lee was used almost exclusively as a relief pitcher during the first four years of his career. During that period, Lee appeared in 125 games, starting in nine, and compiled a 19-11 record. In 1973, he was used primarily as a starting pitcher. He started 33 of the 38 games in which he appeared and went 17-11 with a 2.95 Earned Run Average, and was named to the American League All-Star team. He followed 1973 with two more 17-win seasons.
He started two games in the 1975 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. He left both the 2nd and 7th games with the lead, but the Red Sox lost both games, and the Series
Later Red Sox career
During the 1978 season, Lee and Red Sox manager Don Zimmer engaged in an ongoing public feud over the handling of the pitching staff. Lee's independence and iconoclastic nature clashed with Zimmer's old-school, conservative personality. Lee and a few other Red Sox formed what they called "The Buffalo Heads" as a response to the manager. Zimmer then relegated Lee to the bullpen and management traded Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins and Bernie Carbo.
Lee was traded at the end of 1978 to the Montreal Expos for Stan Papi, a utility infielder. Lee bade farewell to Boston by saying, "Who wants to be with a team that will go down in history alongside the ‘64 Phillies and the ‘67 Arabs?" Lee won 16 games for the Expos in 1979, while being named The Sporting News National League Left Hander of the Year (Over Philadelphia's Steve Carlton); his professional career ended in 1982, when he was released by the Expos after staging a one-game walkout as a protest over Montreal's decision to release second baseman and friend Rodney Scott.
Reputation and controversy
Lee's personality earned him popularity as well as the nickname "Spaceman"—a nickname given to him by former Red Sox infielder John Kennedy. His outspoken manner and unfiltered comments were frequently recorded in the press. Lee spoke in defense of Maoist China, population control, Greenpeace, and school busing in Boston, among other things. He berated an umpire for a controversial call in the 1975 World Series, threatening to bite off his ear ("I would have Van-Goghed him!") and encouraging the American people to write letters demanding the game be replayed. He claimed his marijuana use made him impervious to bus fumes while jogging to work at Fenway Park.
His propensity to criticize management led to his being dropped from both the Red Sox and the Expos, and the end of his professional career by 1982.
After the Expos released Lee in May 1982, he played for semi-professional teams, including the single-season Senior League in Florida, largely composed of retired major leaguers.
In 2007, Lee joined former major league players Dennis 'Oil Can' Boyd, Marquis Grissom, Delino DeShields and Ken Ryan on the Oil Can Boyd's Traveling All-Stars. In June 2008, Lee pitched for the Alaska Goldpanners during the annual "Midnight Sun" ball game played at night during the Summer Solstice.
In September 2010, The Spaceman pitched 5 2⁄3 innings for the Brockton Rox, picking up the win. The win made him the oldest pitcher to appear in or to win a professional baseball game.
On October 8, 2011, Lee participated in the 100 Innings of Baseball Game hosted by the Boston Amateur Baseball Network to raise money for ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. On August 23, 2012, Bill pitched a nine inning complete game for the San Rafael Pacifics in San Rafael, California, beating the Maui Na Koa Ikaika 9-4. Using a homemade bat in the fifth inning he drove in the first run of the game for the Pacifics. The Pacifics are in their inaugural season in the North American Baseball League. Bill was signed to a one day contract by Pacifics President and General Manager, Mike Shapiro. Lee's bat and uniform were donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame following the game as the start gave him the record for the oldest pitcher to make a starting appearance, pitch a complete game and also to earn a win in a professional baseball game.
Bill lives in northern Vermont with his third wife and plays ball for the Burlington Cardinals. He is also a regular on Melnick in the Afternoon with Mitch Melnick at TSN 990 all sports radio in Montreal, discussing baseball & life on weekday afternoons at 4:35 ET in a segment called "Answers from Space". In 2007, Lee was featured in High Times, a counter-culture, pro-marijuana magazine. He also makes frequent appearances on Sports Overnight America, a nationally syndicated program, hosted by Chris Townsend, out of San Francisco. Townsend's producer, and co-host, Gerrie Burke, is a longtime friend of Lee's, and both have made it a point to allow Lee to expound upon any topic he wishes while on the air with them.
He is also a regular coach/pro at the annual Red Sox Baseball Fantasy Camp run by the Red Sox Organization in Florida at the teams Spring Training Facility.
Lee recently released his own wine label, "Spaceman Red" wine, a California syrah, cabernet and petite sirah blend, produced with winemaker friend Geoff Whitman, and distributed in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine & New Hampshire. In 2004 he released a beer in partnership with Vermont's Magic Hat Brewing Company. Called Spaceman Ale, it is no longer in production.
Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey
In 2003, filmmakers Brett Rapkin and Josh Dixon gathered a guerrilla film crew and joined Lee on a barnstorming trip to Cuba. During this trip, Rapkin and Dixon gathered footage for the documentary film "Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey." The film premiered at the 2006 SILVERDOCS AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival and later on the New England Sports Network and MLB Network. It is currently distributed across North America by Hart Sharp Video.
He is the author of four books. Two written with Richard Lally, and two with Jim Prime:
•Lee, Bill and Dick Lally (1984). The wrong stuff, New York: Viking Press. ISBN 0-670-76724-7
•Lee, Bill and Jim Prime (2003). The Little Red (Sox) Book: A Revisionist Red Sox History, Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-527-5
•Lee, Bill and Richard Lally (2005). Have glove, will travel: adventures of a baseball vagabond, New York: Crown Publishers. ISBN 1-4000-5407-9
•Lee, Bill and Jim Prime (2007). Baseball eccentrics: the most entertaining, outrageous, and unforgettable characters in the game, Chicago: Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-953-X
Songs dedicated to Bill Lee
•Bill Lee is the subject of the 1980 song "Bill Lee" on Warren Zevon's "Bad Luck Streak In Dancing School".
•Lee is also the subject of the 1996 song "What Bothers the Spaceman" by the They Might Be Giants spinoff project Mono Puff, on their debut album Unsupervised.
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