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HOPE VALLEY - Officers from the Richmond Police Department challenged several legendary sports figures on Sunday at Dow Field in Hope Valley.
The Bill Lee & Celebrities All-Star Softball team came to town to share the diamond that day, bringing with it such well-known stars as David Bavaro, Steve King, Patrick Pass and Jim Bowman of the Patriots; Jim Corsi and Dennis â€śOil Canâ€ť Boyd of the Boston Red Sox; Bobby Miller of the Boston Bruins; and Jim Rourke of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Heading the all-star line-up was Bill Lee, known by millions of baseball fans as the â€śSpacemanâ€ť. Bill started his career with the Boston Red Sox in 1969. In 1973, the left-hander began a three-year streak of seventeen win seasons, culminating in the 1975 World Series against the Reds.
In 1979, Bill went to Montreal to play for the Expos and officially retired from professional baseball in 1982. He now devotes a great deal of time to playing ball for fundraisers. â€śIâ€™ve been doing charity games since 1983â€ť, Lee said. â€śExercise is exerciseâ€ť.
Sundayâ€™s game ended in a final score of 16 to 9 with the All-Stars coming out ahead. However, the Richmond Police I.B.P.O. were the real winners as far as the local population was concerned. Their participation in the event raised $1,500, which they donated toward the ongoing renovations at Dow Field.