In Chapter 8 of my last story, First Love, First Time, Bruce gives Lane a quick overview of his minor league baseball career. Among other things, he mentions a ballplayer he knew named Bill Lee who played for the Pittsfield Red Sox before getting called up to the majors by the Boston Red Sox.
Lee pitched in the majors from 1969 until 1982. In 2008 he was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame as the team’s record-holder for most games pitched by a left-hander (321) and the third-highest win total (94) by a Red Sox southpaw.
Four years later, in 2012, Lee signed a minor league contract to pitch for the San Rafael Pacifics at age 65.
I didn’t know it at the time, but it turns out Bill Lee, known more affectionately to his fans as the Spaceman, is still alive. And these days he’s running for Governor of Vermont as the candidate of the Liberty Union party, which is the same party that launched Bernie Sanders career.
Best know for his quips (“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.”), it appears that age has not mellowed the Spaceman.
You can read more about his candidacy for Governor here.