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Bill "Spaceman" Lee signs with Brockton Rox

Aug 16, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

According to the Associated Press, 63-year-old Bill “Spaceman” Lee has signed with the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League on Monday.

Lee, who recently made the news for some pointed comments after the death of George Steinbrenner, is expected to start the season finale against the Worcester Tornadoes on September 5.

By the way, this isn’t something out of the ordinary for the outspoken southpaw. He has competed in various independent leagues in New England and Canada since his major league career came to an end in 1982. Lee, of course, compiled a 119-90 record and 3.62 ERA over 14 major league seasons with the Red Sox and Expos.

Most of Lee’s career came before I was even born, but he’s always been a fascinating personality to me, transcending the sport of baseball. I’d recommend watching this documentary, “Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey,” if you haven’t seen it already.

  1. John from Concord - Aug 17, 2010 at 9:43 AM

    He was my second favorite player when I was a kid, after Fisk. (Guess where I grew up.) He was a seriously good pitcher in his prime — not quite great, but really good — and gave the best quotes ever. And if he’d started That Game in ’78, things might have gone a little differently…

  2. BC - Aug 17, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    “The other day they asked me about mandatory drug testing. I said I believed in drug testing a long time ago. All through the sixties I tested everything.” — Bill Lee
    Some other good quotes here: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/quotes/quobsl.shtml

  3. Pisano - Aug 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    This guy is living proof that LSD is mind altering . A first class scumbag !

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