From 1969-1982, Bill Lee pitched fire and blew smoke from the mound. He graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, and High Times. He made the 1973 All-Star Team, and he made his pancakes with marijuana. He once threatened to bite off an umpire’s ear. He was an early advocate for transcendental meditation, and got his nickname from a rant about the American moon landing. On and off the diamond, Bill Lee was larger than life.
Spaceman, directed by Brett Rapkin, and starring Josh Duhamel, is the story of that life.
The film picks up Lee’s story in 1982, the day before the Montreal Expos gave him his walking papers and subsequently blackballed him from the major leagues. Bill’s refusal to accept that his professional career is over leads him on a rock and roll spiritual journey to satisfy his undying love of the game.
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