Vivre sa Vie

Pitching under the influence of LSD, Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter against the Padres on June 12, 1970. Ellis had taken the drug believing he had the day off. He threw a no-hitter despite being unable to feel the ball or see the batter or catcher clearly.  Ellis said his catcher Jerry May wore reflective tape on his fingers which helped him see May’s signals. Ellis walked eight batters and struck out six, and was aided by excellent fielding plays by second baseman Bill Mazeroski and center fielder Matty Alou. 
As Ellis recounted it:

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.

Pitching under the influence of LSD, Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter against the Padres on June 12, 1970. Ellis had taken the drug believing he had the day off. He threw a no-hitter despite being unable to feel the ball or see the batter or catcher clearly.  Ellis said his catcher Jerry May wore reflective tape on his fingers which helped him see May’s signals. Ellis walked eight batters and struck out six, and was aided by excellent fielding plays by second baseman Bill Mazeroski and center fielder Matty Alou. 

As Ellis recounted it:

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.

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    Fook that!
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    We need drugs back in baseball, please.
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    remind me of my pitt days
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    just wow
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    Oh yes. I’ll re-read it every time I see it. Dock was too cool.
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    Still one of the greatest baseball stories ever told.