OK Red Sox fans, here is something to make you smile while you confront the political issues that will increasingly be presented to us as the state and national campaigns heat up. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee, who still pitches senior ball in Burlington Vermont, has added a new pitch to his arsenal: He’s running for governor of Vermont.
Lee never had much of a fastball. He relied more on off-speed pitches and curveballs throughout his baseball career. A goofball off the field, Lee pitched more games for the Sox than any other left-hander in the team’s history. He won 109 games in a career with the Sox from 1969 to 1978 and then the Montreal Expos until 1982, pitching in relief at the beginning and end of his career, a three-time 17-game winner as a starter in between.
“I live here (Craftsbury, VT) because it’s a sane place to live and because it’s a halfway house between two bars, one in Montreal and one in Boston.”