Aug 24, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
Out: Roger Clemens pitching at age 50. In: Bill “Spaceman” Lee pitching at age 65.
You remember Lee, who won 119 games over 14 seasons with the Red Sox and Expos, and has one of the most well-deserved nicknames in sports. He’s now a member of the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent North American League. And apparently this is no publicity stunt — Lee threw a complete game on Thursday, going nine innings in the Pacifics’ 9-4 win over Maui Na Koa Ikaika of Hawaii. Lee had signed a contract with the Pacifics earlier that day.
According to the Pacifics, Lee is the oldest pitcher to win a professional game … breaking his own record when he won a game in Massachusetts in 2010 at age 63.
Lee threw his famous Leephus pitch for strikes on occasion, blooping it in nice and slow, and then following up with fastballs. His pitch count for the night: 94, with 69 for strikes, although he struck out no one.
“He threw 100 pitches in batting practice” on Wednesday, said former Dodger Mike Marshallk,, the manager of the Pacifics. “He’s the only guy the whole season to go all nine, and the rest of these guys are in their 20s.”
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