Sunday, February 28, 2010

#128 - Bill Lee

Card fact: This is a card of one of three players in major league history named Bill Lee.

What I thought about this card then: My brother had the mini card. I thought Lee looked like a stately, reserved gentleman in this photo. Boy was I wrong.

What I think about this card now: There's a lot of green on that card, both on the border and in the photo.

Other stuff: Lee's career has been well-documented because he's a media dream. He's articulate. He says wild stuff. He speaks in a humorous way. I have enjoyed him ever since he called his manager, Don Zimmer, a gerbil. I thought it was the most appropriate, hysterical characterization of someone ever. I still think it's funny.

The man who once claimed that smoking marijuana made him resistant to bus fumes while jogging to the ballpark, actually was and is a baseball traditionalist who has a great appreciation for the game to this day. A reporter at my newspaper once interviewed him for a story, and I kicked myself that I didn't get the opportunity to do it myself.

Back facts: Hey, what do you know? He's a lefty.

Lee's best seasons were the two most recent you see on this card and his 1975 season. In 1976, he was injured in a brawl with the Yankees (the one in which Lou Piniella barreled into Carlton Fisk at home plate) and lost a lot of time.

Other blog stuff: Lee's baseball-reference page is sponsored by someone who expresses a common thought that I find annoying. Yes, the Red Sox spend a bunch of money. But you can't say they're the same as the Yankees. Let the Red Sox spend a ton of money for, oh, 40 more years, and then you can say they're the same as the Yankees.


Matt Runyon said...

Over thirty years after Lee made that comment and "Gerbil" is still the first thing that pops into my head when seeing Zimmer on TV.

Play at the Plate said...

When I saw this pop up on the blogroll this weekend, it said "It's far out man" right above his card and I thought that was appropriate.

Mike A said...

In my 47 years I only got three autographs. I met William at the Danbury Fair Mall and had fun conversation about shoveling chicken poop for a living lol. Cheers what a blog you have!