The former Expo pitcher still has it! At 63 years of age Bill Lee threw 41 strikes for the minor league Brocton Rox defeating the Worcester Tornadoes! Click here to read more from the Montreal Gazette!
Bill Lee also played for the Boston Red Sox. Below is his 1975 Boston Red Sox jersey!
After making a run for the pennant in the previous year the outlook for the 1975 season would be filled with high hopes. After suffering a knee injury in June 1974 tearing several knee ligaments Carlton Fisk would return for a full season after being told that he would never play again. Two phenom, power hitting rookies would also be added to the '75 roster - Fred Lynn & Jim Rice. Although there was much reason to be hopeful for the coming season fans were still feeling the lingering devistation from the injury plauged and devastating slump that finished up the 1974 season leaving them in 3rd place.
As pre-season got under way news of the two rookie phenoms spread like wildfire with pictures and stories being delivered from Florida. This got Red Sox fans thinking. This optimism was short lived when Fisk was hit in the right arm and suffered a break. Rick Wise would also be returning from a injury suffered in '74 as well. He would help beef up the rotation which included Luis Tiant and Bill Lee. Also included in the line up would be Carl Yazstrzemski who would start at first base and Rico Petrocelli at third.
April brought the season opener with the Red Sox defeating the Miwaukee Brewers with Sox pitching ace Tiant on the mound. After the first week the Red Sox would tie for first place with Milwaukee. By the end of april the Sox would fall from first place and not regain their position until the end of May.