Bill “Spaceman” Lee, 1970s
When you talk about legendary drugged-out baseball players, you need to talk about Bill “Spaceman” Lee. The left-handed relief pitcher debuted in 1969 for the Red Sox at the height of American drug culture and everything about him was a little off, from his trademark slow-moving “space ball” to threatening to bite an umpire’s ear off at the 1975 World Series.
All of this behavior can be blamed on Lee’s prodigious intake of marijuana. Right after being traded to the Montreal Expos, Lee was fined for admitting to a reporter that he “used” marijuana regularly – he sprinkled it on his buckwheat pancakes, claiming that it made him immune to bus fumes on his 5-mile jog to the stadium! Fans took to Lee’s counterculture personality, showering him with little tinfoil packets of hashish from the bleachers when he took the field. Now that’s gangsta.