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    Dock Ellis R.I.P.

    The only major league pitcher to throw a no-hitter while on LSD.

    (I know this is a little late, but I just saw this and did not see an existing thread)

    Dock Ellis, the former major league pitcher best remembered for his flamboyance and social activism as a member of the great Pittsburgh Pirates teams of the 1970s, died Friday of a liver ailment in California, his former agent, Tom Reich, confirmed. Ellis was 63.
    Dock Ellis, seen here in 1974, won 138 games over 12 major league seasons.
    Ellis spent 12 years in the majors with Pittsburgh, the New York Yankees, Oakland, Texas and the New York Mets. He retired in 1979 with a record of 138-119, but was best known for several colorful incidents on and off the field.

    His wife, Hjordis, told The Assocaited Press he died at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.


    "It's a tremendous loss to the family," she said. "He's been struggling for about a year with the end stages of liver disease."



    In his autobiography, "Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball,'' Ellis revealed that he threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in June 1970 while under the influence of LSD.

    In May 1974 -- in an effort to inspire a lifeless Pittsburgh team -- Ellis drilled Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Dan Driessen in the top of the first inning. After walking Tony Perez, Ellis threw a pitch near Johnny Bench's head and was lifted from the game by manager Danny Murtaugh.

    Ellis also gave up Reggie Jackson's memorable home run off the Tiger Stadium light tower in the 1971 All-Star Game in Detroit.

    Off the field, Ellis spoke freely about racial issues, once telling reporters that he wouldn't start against Oakland's Vida Blue in the All-Star Game because Major League Baseball would never start "two soul brothers'' against each other.
    Ellis went 19-9 in 1971 for the Pirates, who beat the Orioles in the World Series.
    "Dock Ellis was my first client in baseball, and he gave me as much joy as anybody outside of my family," Reich said. "He was so unique. He was viewed by some people as an outlaw, but he was far from that. He was so ahead of his time. He was so intuitive and smart and talented and independent. And he wasn't about to roll over for the incredible prejudices that existed at the time.

    "He was a very special person and he had an absolute army of fans and friends. He was at the cutting edge of so many issues, and he never backed down. I was proud to be his friend and stand with him."

    Ellis suffered from cirrhosis of the liver and was placed on a list to receive a liver transplant in May. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Ellis had no health insurance, but received help paying his medical bills from friends in baseball.

    Bill Scaringe, an agent who represented Ellis after he retired, said Ellis worked for years in the California department of corrections helping inmates transition from prison back to the community. He also ran a drug counseling center in Los Angeles.

    "It's very disheartening," Scaringe said. "Dock was such a likeable person -- very gregarious, very outgoing. I would set up personal appearances for him, and after like 30 seconds, people were like relatives or neighbors. Dock was very easy to talk to. He was just a pleasure to be around."
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    Jacob mentioned this to me the other day: "he pitched a no-hitter on acid!"
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    was he on acid when he pitched a no-hitter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by greghead View Post
    In his autobiography, "Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball,'' Ellis revealed that he threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in June 1970 while under the influence of LSD.
    Yo.

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    Amy, you get dumber and dumber as time goes on. It's really sort of sad to watch.

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    They didn't use their free drink tickets because they don't drink alcohol.
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    Only an asshole holds on to gold like that.

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    I heard he threw a wicked curve ball...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    was he on acid when he pitched a no-hitter?
    yep. the story goes that he dropped a tab in the morning and his wife came home just after to pick him up for the game. he was under the impression that he had the day off, which he didnt, he was starting. by the time he reached the mound, he was probably peaking.

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    I heard he was on acid though, is that true?
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    Quote Originally Posted by greghead View Post
    In May 1974 -- in an effort to inspire a lifeless Pittsburgh team -- Ellis drilled Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Dan Driessen in the top of the first inning. After walking Tony Perez, Ellis threw a pitch near Johnny Bench's head and was lifted from the game by manager Danny Murtaugh.
    The acid story is legendary, but I'd not heard about this before. I think I'm going to have to track down a copy of that autobiography.


    Radio broadcast of Ellis telling the story of his no-hitter on LSD.
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    What happened to yesterday...

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    I have a Dock Ellis baseball card. One of my favorites.

    ok,yes. I used to collect baseball cards when i was younger.
    got a few rather valuable ones. At least last time i looked they were worth
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    Not baseball, but.....

    British Troops on acid

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    I've always hoped this story is true, but I'm not that sure...

    when I was about 19, I played a slow pitch softball game on acid, and it was one of the scariest things I've ever done... I played baseball up to the junior college level, so I can play some ball ...I can't imagine pitching in a major league game on acid, much less throwing a no hitter

    very cool story though, hope it's true
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    Rachel Maddow did a memorial to him yesterday on the show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuporfly View Post
    The acid story is legendary, but I'd not heard about this before. I think I'm going to have to track down a copy of that autobiography.


    Radio broadcast of Ellis telling the story of his no-hitter on LSD.
    Yes. In an attempt to pump up his teammates he decided to bean the entire lineup of the 1974 Cincinnatti Reds. He also beaned Reggie Jackson in the face for scoring a homerun off him during the All Star Game.

    Truly a one of a kind person.
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