William Francis Lee III (born December 28, 1946) is accurately nicknamedSpaceman….who was an American former Major League Baseball pitcher…..that played for the Boston Red Sox from 1969 to 1978….and the Montreal Expos from 1979 to 1982. On November 7, 2008, Lee 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. On August 23, 2012, Lee signed a contract to play with the San Rafael Pacifics of the independent North American League at age 65.
In addition to his baseball experience….Spaceman Lee is known for his counterculture behavior….his antics both on and off the field….and his use of the Leephus pitch….which was his personalized variation of the eephus pitch. Lee has co-written four books….The Wrong Stuff….Have Glove, Will Travel….The Little Red (Sox) Book: A Revisionist Red Sox History….and Baseball Eccentrics: The Most Entertaining, Outrageous, and Unforgettable Characters in the Game. In 2006, the documentary film by Brett Rapkin titled Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey was produced and aired which featured Lee.