A year ago, Bill Lee made some history by pitching a complete game for the independent minor league San Rafael Pacifics at age 65.
He’s about to top it this year.
Not only will the left-hander more famously known as “Spaceman” during his 14-year big-league career with the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos pitch again for the Pacific on Wednesday — his goal is to play all nine positions, finishing up on the mound.
Tonight, the San Rafael resident is the designated hitter for the Pacifics in their game against the Maui Na Koa Ikaika — swinging wooden bats that he made himself.
“They’re two of my great friends and idols,” Lee said. “I thought someone from California ought to do it.
“That’s what I do, I’m just a traveling ballplayer. If I wake up every morning and there’s a ballgame and they invite me to play I’m going to show up.”
Thursday, the Pacifics, who already clinched the first-half championship and enter the playoffs this weekend, are giving out a Bill Lee Bobblehead.
The Pacifics are part of the Pacific Association, which has former Dodgers outfielder Mike Marshall as its commissioner. Marshall’s wife, Mary, is the Pacifics’ vice president and assistant general manager.