Bill "The Spaceman" Lee Wins Game at 65
Earlier this month, we told you that Bill "The Spaceman" Lee is returning to professional baseball. Last night, Lee made his debut for the San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club, and, as the San Francisco Chronicle reports, it was an impressive one. Lee threw all nine innings in the Pacifics' 9-4 win over the Maui Na Koa Ikaika of Hawaii, extending his own record as the oldest pitcher to ever win a professional game.
Lee, a 65-year-old left-hander who won a 119 games in 14 seasons for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos, threw all nine innings for the San Rafael Pacifics - and became, according to the team, the oldest man to earn a win in a professional baseball game. He broke his own record, having won for an independent Massachusetts team at age 63.
"I just solidified myself as the best old guy on the planet," said Lee, who attended Terra Linda High School and was mobbed by autograph-seekers after the game. The Pacifics, who play in the independent North American League's North Division, beat the Maui Na Koa Ikaika of Hawaii, 9-4.
A capacity crowd of 1,265, many of them in Red Sox caps, cheered Lee's every move at 50-year-old Albert Park. After he retired the first 10 hitters, they applauded when Maui second baseman Kalaika Kahoohalahala broke up the perfecto with a clean ground single to right.