Monday, April 09, 2012

Dr. Ellis Dee & the no-hitter

"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." - Dock Ellis


  1. I'd heard this story before. Did he perform really well as seen by the outside world, and was he mistaken in his own perception that he was doing certain things wrong, or was he indeed doing certain things wrong, but was doing enough right to pitch the no-hitter? Was he lucky in certain ways such that his no-hitter wasn't the result of great skill on his part? I must know these things, so I guess I'll look them up.

  2. What's crazy about this is that his name could be written as "Ellis, D."

  3. In the 70's people were always doing cool things like dropping acid and then going to a friends girlfriends house. Shits lame now.

    There is something noble and inspiring about this story. Makes me like humanity a bit more. Damn no-hitter on LSD is hoss.