The day Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD
Marking a hit is hard, it takes huge effort, just ask David KonAnd the Randy JohnsonOr Felix Hernandez. 317 times in history Major League Baseball He has a thrower that does not allow a single hit during a match.
The Los Angeles Dodgers is the ball club with 26 players, followed by the Chicago White Sox with 20. Pittsburgh Pirates You have 6 non hit games but one in particular is legendary.
On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis made a right-hand hitter for the Buccaneers against the San Diego Padres. Ellis was a reliable player at the time, in his third year in MLB, when he took over the mound. What no one knows is that Ellis had been promoting under the influence of LSD and had been consuming drugs throughout his career.
Background on Dock Ellis
Dock Ellis Born in Los Angeles, California, at a young age he showed signs of being a great baseball player. There was only one catch, Ellis had been on drugs and alcohol for the past 14 years. Ellis didn’t play for the high school baseball team because one of the team members called him a “spearchucker.”
Then one day Ellis was caught smoking marijuana in a high school bathroom, rather than being fired or suspended, the troubled young brass told they would look the other way if he played for the team. In just 4 matches, Ellis was selected in all leagues.
After college, Ellis was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he was during his time at the mansion due to the pressures of success He became addicted to the amphetamines benzedrine and dexamyl. Ellis later admitted that he never set up a game without the “help” of amphetamines.
Ellis would eventually become dependent on five to twelve capsules per game and began using cocaine in the late 1960s. In 1968, Ellis surprisingly made his major debut, with no one wiser, or even ignoring, that he was on drugs.
Ellis made his debut with the Buccaneers from 1968 to 1975, then moved to the New York Yankees for two seasons, and was progressing well, until he publicly criticized Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and was traded to the Oakland Athletics in 1977, the same year he moved to the Texas Rangers Before he played for two teams in 1979, the New York Mets and One Last Dance with the Buccaneers.
Ellis won the World Championship in 1971 and was an All-Star in the same season. Ellis has a record of 138-119 with an ERA of 3.46 and hit 1,136 hitters in his MLB career. Of Diamonds has been married four times and has three children and was the main reason behind his awakening in 1980.
pitching no hitter
On June 12, 1970, Ellis took the mound against the San Diego Padres, in San Diego, while the fans watched an impressive 2-0 win, Ellis was completely out of his mind on the biggest day of his career.
Scheduled to start double head the night before, Ellis had gone to visit a friend in Los Angeles and according to his own calculations, he had received two to three LSDs during his night with his friend. It was his friend who reminded Ellis that he was due to start at the hill on Friday, then Ellis was given another dose of LSD the following afternoon. Thinking it was still Thursday, Ellis received an LSD injury but panicked when he saw he wasn’t with the team in San Diego.
Ellis grabbed his first flight to San Diego and arrived at the stadium just 90 minutes before the game. While none of the team members ever came out and stated that they knew Ellis was high, that means they were all pretty aware. Catcher Jerry May wore reflective tape on his fingers, which helped a drunk Ellis with signs.
Ellis spoke of the night in question by saying: “I can’t help but remember bits and pieces of the game. I was excited. I had a sense of euphoria. I was focused on [catcher’s] A glove, but I didn’t hit the glove very often. I remember hitting two hits, and bases loaded two or three times. Sometimes the ball was small, sometimes the ball was big, sometimes I could see a catcher, sometimes I didn’t. Sometimes I would hold the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed gum until it turned into a powder. They say I have about three to four chances. I remember diving so far off the ball that I thought it was a linear drive. I jumped, but the ball didn’t hit hard and it never hit me.”
Ellis also stated that he began hallucinating while seeing the Empire as President Richard Nixon and hitting Jimi Hendrix. In total that night, Ellis walked eight hits and hit six. At one point during the match, Ellis turned to throw the ball but was facing the field, his teammates yelled at him for the turn.
The pirates would win the match and Ellis went to the national level as another pitcher to shoot. However, MLB has never released footage of the game in question, instead bits and pieces.
When did the story appear?
Bob Smith of Pittsburgh Press broke the story in 1984, by which time Ellis had retired and stated that he had never used LSD again during his major league career. Ellis admitted to using amphetamines until he retired.
No fellow hacker at the time collaborated on the story but Smizik believed Ellis’ account. Ellis, despite his addiction, was a brilliant pitcher who mastered five distinct pitches: fastball, curveball, changeover, handball, and slide.
Upon his retirement in 1980, Ellis went into drug treatment, and he has stated that it was his children who made him want to quit drugs permanently.
What happened to Dock Ellis?
Dock Ellis will become a drug counselor after even retiring from working with the New York Yankees to help players struggling with substance abuse. In 2007, Ellis was diagnosed with cirrhosis and needed a liver transplant, unfortunately he would never receive it.
Ellis died on December 19, 2008, at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center due to liver problems. His life is documented in the 2014 documentary No No: A Dockumentary.