While everyone knows that 50-year-old Roger Clemens is set to make his return to the mound in an independent league start for the Sugar Land Skeeters on Saturday, many will be surprised to know a much older, and much cooler former MLB All-Star pitcher won an independent league start on Thursday night.
Bill "Spaceman" Lee, who is 65 years old, yes 65, didn't only win his start for the San Rafael Pacifics in an independent North American League, he tossed a complete-game shutout to beat the Maui Na Koa Ikaika in front of a sellout crowd of 1,265 in San Rafael, Calif. Take that Clemens!
Spaceman, who became a fan favorite during his tenure with the Red Sox in the 1970s, due to his outspokenness and unruly behavior, last pitched for the Brockton Rox in the Can-Am League, winning a game at 63 years old to become the oldest pitcher to win a professional game.
The left hander compiled a career record of 199-90 in 14 seasons in the Majors with the Red Sox and Expos. He appeared in 416 games and made 225 starts. He was an American League All-Star for Boston in 1973.
Not only was Spaceman's win an amazing feat, it was a huge boost for the Pacifics, who are currently battling Maui for the North Division championship.
Rock on Spaceman!