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Documentary - Spaceman A Baseball Odyssey

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Starring: Fred Lynn, Bill Lee, Dan Shaughnessy, Dick Williams (VIII), Paul Francis Sullivan
Director: Brett Rapkin
Number of discs: 1
Rated: Not Rated - could be broadcast on television
Arts Alliance America

Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey is a documentary that follows Bill Lee from his farmstead to some exhibition games in Cuba. The movie starts with archive footage from an interview with the Boston sports press and interweaves archive footage from Lee’s career with contemporary footage of Lee playing senior ball.

At the ripe of old age of 58 (at the time the documentary was shot) Bill Lee is as in love with the game of baseball as he was when he was a child. From a long line of athletes (and baseball players) Lee’s passion for baseball and life shines through every time he appears on screen. It is entertaining to watch Lee as he migrates from his home to the island of Cuba to play baseball against other senior teams. His fastball is not what it used to be but he is still a great junk ball pitcher mixing up his pitches with all the skill he showed while in the majors.

As a life long Montreal Expos (now Washington Nationals) fan it is easy to like Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey. Just like his time in the sports spotlight Lee remains a great story teller and gives some of the best colour commentary on his own career that has ever been delivered. Any baseball fan should have this documentary in their collection Lee is a wonderful raconteur and one of the true characters of the game.  

Denis Bernicky

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