03/21/2005: Nice to know The Spaceman is still kicking....
Mucking about the Baseball Hall of Fame Website verifying an odd fact, I stumbled across a feature article that brought me up to date on one of my favorite ballplayers: Bill "Spaceman" Lee
Former big league hurler Bill Lee is still pitching. The 58-year old lefty tosses more than 200 innings per year in adult over-30 and over-40 baseball leagues. On March 5, he was in Cooperstown pitching stories to a packed crowd in the Hall of Fame's Bullpen Theater.Is it my imagination though, or would Lee bear a distinct resemblance to Kenny Rogers with a slight change in haircut and a full beard?
Ironically, Lee's prowess on the mound can be traced back to his aunt, Annabelle Lee, who pitched in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for the Fort Wayne Daisies, Grand Rapids Chicks, Minneapolis Millerettes, and the Peoria Red Wings in the 1940s and early 1950s.
"I pitched exactly like her. You get a certain genetic code and you're not going to get away from it. You're there. I was locked in as a ballplayer because of my aunt. We were the only two left-handers in the family."
I only wish I looked that good. Must be something about being a southpaw....
Len on 03.21.05 @ 08:30 AM CST