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The Truth Behind Dock Ellis' LSD No-Hitter

Friday, September 05, 2014

Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis (courtesy of "No No: A Dockumentary")

A new documentary looks into the claim that pitcher Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1970s -- while high on LSD. Jeffrey Radice, director of "No No: A Dockumentary," and Tom Reich, Dock Ellis’ former agent, talk about whether the story is true, and more about Ellis' career.

→ See It: No No: A Dockumentary opens today 9/5 at Village East Cinema.

Comments [5]

Anonymous from Park Slope

Brian, why are you acting so shocked?! Jews weren't popular at that time either!

Sep. 05 2014 11:59 AM
Chris from Pittsburgh

YES! My son and I saw "No No" last Thursday at a sneak preview in Pittsburgh. Great flick, music by Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz. My wife tells the story that her grandmother once met Dock on a flight from Atlanta, they hit it off, and he gave her his World Series ring! The next day he came to my wife's house and reclaimed the ring. Also, the movie highlights that the 1971 Pirates were the first MLB team to field an all-minority starting line-up. What a team--World Series winners with Ellis, Clemente, Stargell.

Sep. 05 2014 11:50 AM
genejoke from Brooklyn

Great story but not believable at all.

Sep. 05 2014 11:46 AM
CR from Manhattan

Todd Snider recorded a fantastic song called America's Favorite Pastime - the story of Doc Ellis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG2SPjcKM4M

Sep. 05 2014 11:28 AM
Mark

I always found this story kind of bogus. Anyone who tried to doing anything involving coordination from hackey-sack to skateboarding while on LSD knows how difficult it becomes. Even crossing the street leaves you feeling like a confused squirrel as your perception of time and space is totally gone when you're peaking. This myth probably just started because his name "Dock Ellis" is related to "LSD" as "Ellis Dee" and so it was memorable. Marketing gimmick or innocent meme? Who knows...but the story is near impossible.

Sep. 05 2014 10:42 AM

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