Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Spaceman A Baseball Odyssey|
Actors: Bill Lee, Fred Lynn, Dan Shaughnessy, Paul Francis Sullivan, Luis Tiant
Director: Brett Rapkin
Genres: Sports, Documentary, Animation
Studio: Arts Alliance America Release Date: 09/26/2006
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Fascinating Film about a Fascinating Character
A. Harrell | Atlanta, GA United States | 09/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came across this dvd at a friends house and borrowed it on a whim. It turned out to be REALLY GOOD. Funny, touching and enlightening. I never knew much about Bill "Spaceman" Lee, but he is definitely one of the good guys.
Definitely worth a purchase if you like documentaries or baseball."
Fresh Air from Space
The Ginger Man | 03/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Bill "Spaceman" Lee was a left-handed pitcher for the Red Sox and Expos from 1969 to 1982. He won 17 games 3 consecutive years, made the All Star game once and would have won 2 games in the classic 75 World Series (burying the Curse of the Bambino before it was invented) if the bullpen had not let him down.
Lee is better known for being one of the great characters in a game that has no more Yogi Berras, Casey Stengals or Spacemen. Some fans may take issue with his progressive politics but few can debate his continuing love for the game as he journeys from Canada to Cuba to play baseball into his late fifties. This is a unique guy who once ran for President of the United States with Hunter S. Thompson as his VP candidate and who had a song written about him by the late Warren Zevon.
I am a huge Lee fan and am not totally objectve. But I think most anyone will find this a great story about a guy with a passion for the game and for life. I would have liked to see more highlights in the film from his major league career but this was made up for by interviews with Luis Tiant, Fred Lynn, Dick Williams and fellow Buffalo Head Bernie Carbo.
Lee is a gracefully aging Baby boomer playing a kids game with a Sixties approach to life and a teenager's passion. He should be declared a National Treasure and a member of an endangered species at the same time."
This DVD Smokes
Austin Altruist | 02/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary is a great piece of work. Bill Lee's enthusiasm for both life and the game of baseball is evident throughout it.
It's obvious his teammates loved him (from the smiles on their faces as they tell stories) and that (some) management obviously didn't.
When I was in college, after Lee revealed he "used" a certain green herb, the headline in the local paper read: "Lee Smokes Yankees" :) .
And he took principled stands at personal cost. I always find that admirable.
The world needs more Bill Lee's."