Geddy Lee is just like any other baseball fan. He checks in with MLB.com regularly, plays in a fantasy baseball league and obsesses over his favorite team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Okay, maybe he’s not just like other fans. For his day job, he’s the bass player/singer of Rush. But — as seen in the Rush documentary Beyond The Lighted Stage — boasts a collection of baseballs that would be the envy of most collectors, including balls autographed by Cy Young, Christy Matherson, Satchel Paige, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Walter Johnson and Dizzy Dean, among others. He also has an exhibit named after him in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The Geddy Lee collection includes a total of 400 baseballs with historical significance, including one signed by Henry Aaron.
Lee told our friends at Radio.com that he was introduced to the museum by a friend who is a fellow baseball enthusiast. “One time when I was in Kansas City, he said ‘I’ve arranged for us to go to the Negro League Hall of Fame Museum,’ and I thought, ‘Awesome.’ And so we went for a little tour of the place, and I was so moved by the stories of these players. It’s an important museum that needs to be supported. I believe it should be financed and supported by Major League Baseball, I think they owe it to the baseball world to support that place and it needs to be more well-known. Anyway, it was a very impressive moment for me to go through that tour of the place. And when I walked away from it, it just kind of stayed with me: the stories of all these guys, the conditions and the characters and the personalities, so many amazing personalities played in those days.”