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Bill Lee starts and wins independent league game at age 63

Sep 6, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

Two weeks ago Bill Lee signed with the Brockton Rox of the independent Can-Am League and yesterday the 63-year-old former Red Sox and Expos star made his debut … and picked up his first professional victory since 1982.
Rox manager Chris Carminucci said he was prepared for a quick hook if Lee struggled, but instead he held the Worcester Tornadoes–who’re managed by former Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman–to two runs over 5.2 innings in a 7-3 win.
“He got people out today with his mind and hitting spots and knowing how to pitch,” Carminucci told Jim Fenton of the Quincy Patriot Ledger. “He threw a changeup that was like eephus and then he threw a fastball that looked like it was 105. It was amazing. It was cool stuff.” has some video of The Spaceman in action.

  1. keg64 - Sep 6, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Worcester should sign Tony Perez. He knows exactly what to do with that eephus pitch

  2. Pisano - Sep 6, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Maybe LSD isn’t harmful after all .

  3. JBerardi - Sep 6, 2010 at 9:25 PM

    Worth noting that this isn’t some weird thing for Lee. He plays in some kind of league, somewhere in the world, nearly every year. Some people say they love the game. Bill Lee proves it.

  4. bbeer - Sep 7, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    I can’t really describe that as anything else than “that is frickin awesome”.

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