PRESS RELEASE – The Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League announced on Wednesday that the club’s ninth annual Hot Stove Banquet, presented by Webster Bank, will held on Friday, January 21, 2011, at the Shaw’s Center. The evening will feature former major-league hurler Bill “Spaceman” Lee making his return to Brockton, this time as a panelist.
Lee, 63, started and earned the victory in Brockton’s 7-3 win over Worcester on September 5, 2010. The oldest pitcher in professional baseball history to be credited with a win, his cap and the baseball from his final pitch of the game were procured by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It was Lee’s first pro appearance since May 7, 1982.
The colorful lefthander pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 1969 through 1978, and owns the franchise record for games pitched by a southpaw with 321. The native of Burbank, Calif., won 17 games each season from 1973 to 1975, was selected to the 1973 American League All-Star team, and was a member of the 1975 A.L. champions. Traded to Montreal before the 1979 season, he won 16 games in the first of his four seasons there. Lee was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2008.
“We’re excited to have Bill Lee back in Brockton,” said team president Chris Carminucci. “It was a thrill to see him pitch so successfully with the Rox, and his energy and personality will make for a memorable Hot Stove Banquet.”
Other panelists for the evening will be announced shortly. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at approximately 7:30 p.m. The program will feature an open question-and-answer session with the speakers. Individual tickets for the event are $60, with private tables of ten available. Tickets are currently available at the Rox office at Campanelli Stadium, or by phone at (508) 559-7000.