Saturday, May 14, 2011

Dock Ellis: The most radical MLB pitcher in the world

Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter back on June 12, 1970. He was with the Pittsburgh Pirates and he pitched against the San Diego Padres. A no-hitter does not happen often and it usually marks a landmark in any pitchers career.

There's one interesting fact though. Dock Ellis was tripping on LSD while he pitched that historic performance.

Here's some quotes to back this up:

"Ellis had been visiting friends in Los Angeles under the impression he had the day off and was still high when his friend's girlfriend told him he had to pitch a game against the Padres that night. Ellis boarded a shuttle flight to the ballpark and threw a no-hitter despite not being able to feel the ball or clearly see the batter or catcher".

Here's Dock's account on the day:

"I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria. I was zeroed in on the (catcher's) glove, but I didn't hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters and the bases were loaded two or three times. The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. I started having a crazy idea in the fourth inning that Richard Nixon was the home plate umpire, and once I thought I was pitching a baseball to Jimi Hendrix, who to me was holding a guitar and swinging it over the plate. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn't hit hard and never reached me".

Dock Ellis is the most radical MLB pitcher in the world. BTW, I don't give a shit that this happened in the 70's and not in the 80's or 90's. If you care, then go fuck yourself. Now go watch this damn video...


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