Nominated by: Chris Stufflestreet
Why did Chris Stufflestreet nominate Bill Lee for the HOM?
I've thought about this for a month now and gone through several worthy candidates. As a lifelong Yankee fan who remembers the 1970s teams well, I thought about guys like Roy White, Sparky Lyle, Graig Nettles and Thurman Munson. Bobby Murcer's already in. I disallowed Piniella because he'll probably find his way to the HOF as a manager. I really wanted to say Billy Martin; however, I decided to break from the Yankees and go to the despised Red Sox for my HOM candidate...
(Drum Roll, please...)
I am pleased to induct Bill ("Spaceman") Lee into OBC's Hall of Mediocrity. Since I read the Nash & Zullo book "Baseball Hall of Shame" as a 12 year-old, I have harbored something of a soft spot in my heart for Lee (as well as a number of baseball's many notorious flakes). Despite being remembered for telling a Boston newswriter about having marijuana pancakes for breakfast, he was a decent pitcher who was overshadowed by his eccentric behavior.
YEAR / SET CARD ======================= ==== 1971 Topps 58 1972 Topps 636 1973 Topps 224 1974 Topps 118 1975 Topps 128 1976 Topps 396 1977 Topps 503 1978 Topps 295 1979 Topps 455 1980 Topps 97
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