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Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey

Fred Lynn , Bill Lee , Brett Rapkin  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fred Lynn, Bill Lee, Dan Shaughnessy, Dick Williams (VIII), Paul Francis Sullivan
  • Directors: Brett Rapkin
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance Amer
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I0QL7S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey" on IMDb

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The life and career of pitcher Bill Lee takes center stage in this fascinating baseball biography. Breaking onto the scene in the 1970s Lee became one of the most famous left-handed pitchers in the history of the sport. Filmed when the former player was 57 years old this documentary goes on the road with Lee as he travels to Cuba. Through interviews with players colleagues sportswriters and family viewers will learn the story behind Lees reputation as the Spaceman.System Requirements:Running Time: 70 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre:�SPORTS/GAMES Rating:�NR UPC:�829567040522 Manufacturer No:�670405

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Air from Space March 17, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bill "Spaceman" Lee was a left-handed pitcher for the Red Sox and Expos from 1969 to 1982. He won 17 games 3 consecutive years, made the All Star game once and would have won 2 games in the classic 75 World Series (burying the Curse of the Bambino before it was invented) if the bullpen had not let him down.

Lee is better known for being one of the great characters in a game that has no more Yogi Berras, Casey Stengals or Spacemen. Some fans may take issue with his progressive politics but few can debate his continuing love for the game as he journeys from Canada to Cuba to play baseball into his late fifties. This is a unique guy who once ran for President of the United States with Hunter S. Thompson as his VP candidate and who had a song written about him by the late Warren Zevon.

I am a huge Lee fan and am not totally objectve. But I think most anyone will find this a great story about a guy with a passion for the game and for life. I would have liked to see more highlights in the film from his major league career but this was made up for by interviews with Luis Tiant, Fred Lynn, Dick Williams and fellow Buffalo Head Bernie Carbo.

Lee is a gracefully aging Baby boomer playing a kids game with a Sixties approach to life and a teenager's passion. He should be declared a National Treasure and a member of an endangered species at the same time.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Film about a Fascinating Character September 18, 2006
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I came across this dvd at a friends house and borrowed it on a whim. It turned out to be REALLY GOOD. Funny, touching and enlightening. I never knew much about Bill "Spaceman" Lee, but he is definitely one of the good guys.

Definitely worth a purchase if you like documentaries or baseball.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It October 4, 2006
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A fascinating documentary about a very unusual man. Probably the only professional baseball player truly to qualify as an existentialist, and a defiant one at that. Put simply the man loves baseball but hates rules.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This DVD Smokes February 16, 2009
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This documentary is a great piece of work. Bill Lee's enthusiasm for both life and the game of baseball is evident throughout it.

It's obvious his teammates loved him (from the smiles on their faces as they tell stories) and that (some) management obviously didn't.

When I was in college, after Lee revealed he "used" a certain green herb, the headline in the local paper read: "Lee Smokes Yankees" :) .

And he took principled stands at personal cost. I always find that admirable.

The world needs more Bill Lee's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPACEMAN TAKES OFF ... SPACEMAN SPLASHES DOWN January 28, 2008
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Don't hate the player who loves the game ... and hates the Yankees !!

The DVD reveals former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expo lefty Bill Lee at his best, a lover of game of baseball for all the right reasons. At the same time Lee is also very accurately presented as a man who couldn't stand the routinely cruel business of major league baseball. There's baseball, the game. And there's MLB, the industry. And they are not always alike.

If you are a Sox fan, you will always love Bill Lee, despite his wacky personality and rebellious attitude. He hates the New York Yankees, as any Sox fan would. For a Sox fan, that's all that matters. Lee won 17 games three straight years pitching in Fenway Park. After being dealt to Montreal, he won 17 again and was named as National League (Lefthanded) Pitcher of the Year.

My complaint is there's too little of Lee as a big-leaguer. Most of the film is about Lee in retirement. I recall a game he pitched after quitting the Sox after Bernie Carbo had been traded. Lee returned and pitched Boston to a win over Jim Palmer and the Baltimore Orioles in Fenway. The fans loved it. And I'd loved to have seen footage from that night in the film.

Red Sox fans will love this DVD. Yankees fan won't. And what's wrong with that ??
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The film has some glimpses into Lee's past but mostly it follows him on a "sports diplomacy" mission to Cuba where he and some other senior players go up against Cuban clubs, all the while listening to Lee's philosophy on life and baseball (the same thing, it turns out). If you love baseball, you will love this movie.
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