Podcast: Most Interesting Man in Baseball – Red Sox Hall of Famer Bill “Spaceman” Lee

 

We spent an evening with Bill “Spaceman” Lee at Dunn Gaherin’s pub in Newton, Massachusetts. You can listen to our conversation below or download on iTunes.  We drank beer and bourbon while discussing everything from Billy Martin’s demise to Bobby Orr’s exploits as a young man about town. The Red Sox Hall of Famer shared his thoughts on:

  • 1986 World Series and it’s continued detrimental effects on New Englanders

  • Brawling with the New York Yankees

  • Satchel Paige and healthy living

  • Jerry Remy’s career

  • 2003 American league Championship series and Aaron F’ing Boone

  • Roger Clemens

  • Carl Yastrzemski’s favorite stewardess

  • Don Zimmer’s failures

  • Boston sports media

  • Best bars in Boston

  • many other titillating topics

One of my favorite Bill Lee stories (that we did not get to cover in the podcast) regards his post-game drinking routine. Lee used to frequent Eliot Lounge just outside Kenmore Square in Boston.  If Lee got lit up early and pulled from the game, the regulars and bartenders at Eliot Lounge knew it was only a matter of minutes before they would hear the clickity clack of his cleats coming down the sidewalk and into the bar to ease his pain.

Bill Lee’s Dream Infield

Lee stressed the importance of a good infield to pitching success.  With that in mind we asked him to give us his dream infield:

Catcher: Bob Boone
1st Base: George Scott
2nd Base: Bill Mazeroski (of today’s players Lee chose Dustin Pedroia)
Shortstop: Orlando Cabrera or Bert “Campy” Campaneris
3rd Base: Frank Malzone (check out minute forty-three for a great story about the “horniest” third baseman Lee ever played with).
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