Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey

Genre:  Documentary
Release Date: March 30, 2007 (limited)
DVD: May 29, 2007

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Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey is a documentary about former Major League Baseball player, Bill "The Spaceman" Lee. Lee was the ultimate gonzo player, a brilliant left handed pitcher who defied every manager or front office executive who tried to control him.

The fans loved him and so did sportswriters who delighted in asking the usual baseball questions, only to get philosophical responses involving the relationship between existentialism and the curveball or the effects of karma on a pitcher's rotator cuff. Exiled from professional baseball in 1983, Lee began to roam the world in search of opportunities to play the sport he loves.

Harkening back to the days of barnstormers like Satchel Paige, Lee's adventures have taken him across the United States to China, Russia, South America, and every province in Canada.

Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey follows Lee to Cuba, a bastion of amateur baseball and a place where the game is free of overpaid players, steroid scandals and outrageous ticket prices. Approaching 60, Lee is still a fierce competitor on the field.

He relishes the competition and the opportunity to play with people from a culture as in love with the purity of the game as he is. His affection for the Cuban people and their appreciation for him shine throughout the film. Along for the ride, Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey captures the essence of Lee's vagabond lifestyle.

During the journey, we see photos and footage from Lee's eccentric past and hear from former teammates, family members, sportswriters, fans, and Lee himself about the long, strange trip that has spawned the legend of the Spaceman.

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