For ten years, Lee had been an accomplished pitcher with Boston but as the 1979 season began, he had now to cope with the fact that he was now a precious left-handed asset to a team across the border called the Expos. As Bill now puts it himself: "If you're gonna get deported, it might as well be to the Paris of North America".
So he'd been traded to the Expos after the 1978 season and Montreal had sent in return Stan Papi to the Red Sox (thank you very much and please do come again as often as you want).
In Montreal, Spaceman was always a fan favourite and still is today by the way. Even in his playing days, he'd never shy away from shooting pool with local everyday people and when teammate and friend Rodney Scott was released, he even left a note inviting boss Jim Fanning to join him at the nearest poolroom so he could kick his ass in the parking lot. It didn't take much more to get him blacklisted from anything major league stamped but little did they know, Spaceman would never stop pitching nonetheless at various levels and in different leagues in the world. Bill is still winning games in his sixties, only carrying around his glove and love of the game.
Nuf said. Here he is ladies and gents:
Le lanceur, the pitcher, le numéro 37, number 37, BILL LEE!
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FULL NAME: WILLIAM FRANCIS LEE
JERSEY NUMBER: 37
MAIN POSITION: PITCHER
DATE OF BIRTH: DECEMBER 28 1946
BORN IN: BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, USA
1-BATS 2-THROWS: 1-LEFT 2-LEFT
HEIGHT & WEIGHT: 6'3" & 205 LBS
PLAYED FOR MTL FROM 1979 TO 1982