I’m not sure how this story isn’t more well known in Baseball lore, but I’m doing my part to make sure it is.
Back in the day, Dock Ellis was a badass. Pitching mostly for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Dock was one of the most intimidating pitchers in the league and well known for hitting batters to prove his bad-assery. A notorious “bad-guy”, posterity will instead remember Ellis for throwing a no-hitter in 1970 against the San Diego Padres…while tripping his ass off on LSD.
The way Ellis tells it, he took advantage of a day off and took some acid. He lost track of time and took some more acid, only to find out it was now “tomorrow” and had to pitch in a few hours. Ellis hopped on a flight and made it to the game, but was still trippin’ balls.
Watch the video below to listen to Dock’s own hilarious account of that day. Yes, it’s a true story…at least what he remembered anyway.