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PAT "BAGGER" LEE

Inducted: 2016 - Player

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Born: June 28, 1963     

 

For more than a decade, from the mid-1980s through mid-1990s, Pat "Bagger" Lee was regarded as one of the game’s biggest playmakers. Offensively, he was always a deep threat with his superior speed, quick change of direction and big sky ability. On defense, he could shut down the opposing team’s top offensive stud with his ridiculous closing speed. Combined with his field awareness, he was regarded as one of the best to ever play the position of zone deep deep. 

Bagger’s legacy in Texas ultimate is far-reaching and unprecedented. Beginning at the University of Texas, Bagger led his team to numerous appearances at College Nationals, including consecutive semifinals. Bagger’s level of play raised the expectations of what was possible throughout the entire Austin ultimate community. Leading his Austin-based teams to four consecutive appearances at Club Nationals in the late ‘80s was no small feat. It put Austin on the Club Nationals map and laid the foundation of success for future Austin club teams. Bagger rounded out his open career playing with Chicago Windy City and San Diego Nice Guys. Always level-headed, Bagger earned the respect of the greatest players of his era with his spectacular play on the field.

 


Playing Career | US Nationals | WFDF Worlds | Contributions & ServiceInterview

   

Playing Career

Year
Team Name
1982-1985   Snakes
1984-1989   University of Texas
1986-1987   Texas Heat
1988   Splat
1989   Yaga
1990-1993   Windy City
1994-1997   Nice Guys
1997-1998   Houndz

 

 

  

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Pat "Bagger" Lee gearing up to throw for Chicago  

 

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Pat "Bagger" Lee leaps for the catch with Windy City at the 1990 Nationals

 

US National Championship Tournaments

Name    City    Year    Division    Placing
Snakes   Austin   1983   Open   Regionals
Texas   Austin   1984   College   Pool
Snakes   Austin   1984   Open   Regionals
Texas   Austin   1985   College   Pool
Snakes   Austin   1985   Open   Regionals
Texas   Austin   1986   College   Pool
Texas Heat   Austin/Dallas   1986   Open   Pool
Texas   Austin   1987   College   Pool
Texas Heat   Austin/Dallas   1987   Open   Pool
Texas   Austin   1988   College   Semifinals
Splat   Austin   1988   Open   Pool
Texas   Austin   1989   College   Semifinals
Yaga   Austin   1988   Open   Pool
Windy City   Chicago   1990   Open   Semifinals
Windy City   Chicago   1991   Open   Pool
Windy City   Chicago   1992   Open   Semifinals
Windy City   Chicago   1993   Open   Pool
Nice Guys   San Diego   1994   Open   Regionals
Nice Guys   San Diego   1995   Open   Pool
Nice Guys   San Diego   1996   Open   Semifinals
Houndz   Houston   1997   Open   Pool
Houndz   Houston   1998   Open   Pool


WFDF World Ultimate Championships

Name    City    Year    Venue    Placing
Windy City   Chicago   1993   Madison, Wis.   Sixth



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Pat "Bagger" Lee soaring sky high for disc, circa 1990
  

 

Interview

Q: What position(s) (e.g., handler, deep cutter, middle middle) did you usually play? 

A: Deep cutter

Q: Please describe your major accomplishments - both as a teammate and individual?

A: Bagger was one of the top players in the world for many years starting in the late 80's and ending in the mid-90's. 

Q: Please explain why you stood out among the elite players of your time. What was it that you did best, or were known for?

A: Bagger was known for great defense and deep receiver, and he made spectacular plays in both regards.

Q: What role did you play on the best (or most overachieving team) that you played on?

A: Bagger was always matched up on the other team’s best offensive players.

Q: What year was the peak of your career? During which years were you playing as the "stud" of your team? If you continued playing after your peak years, how did your role change? In what year did you stop playing at the top competitive level? 

A: 1988-1996 were his peak years when he was competing at College Nationals with Texas, and at Nationals with Windy City and Nice Guys. Bagger was the "stud" on any team he played with over his whole playing career, and he played in the open division long after most of his peers were playing in the masters division.

Q: Why do you believe you are worthy of being inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame?

A: Bagger was one of the top players in the world for many years. He played the game at the highest level and earned the respect of his teammates and his opponents. One time he was asked how/why he played at such a high level in so many games and tournaments over the years. He replied, "I did not want to look bad or let down my team mates and team." He was a special competitor and really could not play ultimate at a casual or pick-up game level; he could only play full tilt. 

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