Why Bill Lee, at age 66, still has the right stuff for baseball

lee_H2S0489A 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.

leeexLee told The Marin Independent Journal that the all-nine-positions feat is a tribute to former major leaguers Bert Campaneris and Cesar Tovar, who did the same thing with their teams in the 1960s.

“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.

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  • Ray Sossamon

    The guy is great and great for Baseball-I saw a show about him on the History channel–very good show–Sure he is a liitle goofy -but simply a great guy that loves Baseball AND is good for Baseball–His MOM even played on the first pro womens yeam–like in the movie–A league of there own–She might have even been in the movie–great great guy and good luck to him!