Bill "Spaceman" Lee enjoys a beer during a panel discussion at Silverdocs on June 14, 2006 at Silver Spring, Maryland. (Photo by Nancy Ostertag/Getty Images for AFI)
It was a losing effort for the record books.
The Spaceman played all nine. Positions, that is.
Former major league pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee -- the eccentric starter for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos, who last played in the major leagues in 1982 -- started at catcher, played the outfield, pitched and played all four spots in the infield for the San Rafael Pacifics last night, according to reports.
Lee, 66, played for San Rafael last year when he threw a complete game at 65.
Lee became the fifth professional baseball player to play all nine spots for the first-place Pacifics, who lost the game 4-1, according to the Marin Independent Journal.
Things went a bit rocky, as Lee caught the first inning and allowed two passed balls, one of which scored a run.
Lee had the chance to redeem himself, coming to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. But he was pinch-hit for, and Maui Na Koa Ikaika pitcher Chris Mobley struck out Maikel Jova to end the game.
Lee is done for the year but the Pacifics are not. They'll play for the title at 5 p.m. Sunday in San Rafael -- and before that, there's fun to be had.
Attendees at Thursday's 7:05 p.m. game against Maui will receive Bill Lee bobble heads, and after Friday night's "Funeral Night" -- when one lucky fan will win his or her own funeral -- actor Larry Thomas, also known as the Soup Nazi, will be on hand at 5 p.m. Saturday.