He was traded at the end of 1978 to the “Montreal Expos” for Stan Papi, a utility infielder, and played for the Expos from 1979-’82. He won 17 games three straight years 1973-’75, made the 1973 All-Star team and was elected to the franchise’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
He pitched the final four seasons with the “Montreal Expos”. He was forced into an early retirement, and his release from the Expos in 1982 is the subject of a movie. He was aStoner pro athlete long before legal marijuana was a viable second career for sports stars. He said:
I was stoned all the time. I roomed with a bunch of long-distance runners that smoked marijuana.
During the 1980 season, the left-handed pitcher, the strong supporter ofMarijuana caused more controversy by admitting to usingCannabis. This landed him on the cover of “High Times” magazine.
Called into the office of baseball commissioner “Bowie Kuhn”, he said he sprinkled weed on his pancakes. He was fined $500 by Bowie Kuhn for marijuana use and is suing major league baseball in response, claiming abuse of his feedom of speech. Lee was blacklisted out of baseball because of his controversial statements and attitudes:
- During one of the strikes, “He Suggested ”that the pro players form pick-up teams and barnstorm around the United States to play in towns and cities that didn’t have major league franchises. Naturally, the players would foot the tab.
- He also encouragedPot smoking as a way for pitchers to better concentrate on the task at hand. When recently asked about this, he explained that he didn’t know what the big deal was with mandatory drug testing.
Lee’s major league career ended in 1982, when he was released by the Expos after staging a one-game walkout as a protest over Montreal’s decision to release second baseman and friend “Rodney Scott”. He said:
I'll go down in history with a lot of people who've been blackballed.Unfortunately, he believes that his openness about**Weed** use really hurt his career during the ’70s and early ’80s. Lee told "High Times in 2013": "It definitely affected me as far as getting along with upper management and everything else", and he said that he really did smoke weed with future President **"George W. Bush"** in 1972.
Lee is a supporter of “Bernie Sanders” but he sees himself as “Bernie-heavy not Bernie-lite”. In 2016, the pragmatic, conservative, and forward thinker, Lee ran for governor of Vermont on a “Bernie-heavy” platform that included legalizing recreational marijuana. He said:
I’m Bernie-heavy, I’m not Bernie-lite. My ideas were before Bernie. If you want to see money come down from the 2 percent, we’re going to need umbrellas when I’m elected, because it’s going to be raining dollars.
He’s also taken his share of mind-altering substances, which gives him a unique viewpoint on one of the most legendary baseball feats of all time: The late Dock Ellis’ supposed no-hitter pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates while tripping on LSD in 1970.
He has written four books, all centered on his unique views of baseball. His memoir is titled “The Wrong Stuff”. Before the Boston Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, he wrote “The Little Red Sox Book: A Revisionist Red Sox History” to take fans on a humorous trip through the team’s history.
“Check It Out”, to see how Duhamel, who plays former Expos pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee, is cooking pancakes for breakfast and sprinkling marijuana on top of them while listening to opera and wearing nothing but an apron with his bare butt showing.