Psychedelic Smoke

48 Years Ago Dock Ellis Threw A No-Hitter, He Claims He Did It On LSD

It was the only no-hitter of Ellis' career

Andrew Limberg
June 12, 2018 - 1:00 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Tuesday marks the 48th anniversary of Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis throwing a no-hitter against the San Diego. He claims he did it while under the influence of LSD.

According to Ellis he had taken lysergic acid diethylamide during an off day in Los Angeles because he didn’t have to pitch for two days.  When he woke up, two days had passed but he thought he still had another day before he had to pitch so he took another hit of the drug.

After he was told he had to pitch that night he took a plane to San Diego to pitch against the Padres.

In the documentary “No No: A Dockumentary”, Ellis said he couldn’t see the batter and only knew if there was a batter on the right side or left side.

“The catcher put tape on his fingers so I could see the signals,” said Ellis.

Ellis says he wasn’t paying attention to the score and just worked on getting batters out.

It should be noted Ellis didn’t reveal he was on LSD during that game until 14 years later and that he is the only one that knows for sure whether he took the drug or not that day.

One thing is for certain though. Even though Ellis walked eight batters and hit another, he threw the only no-hitter of his career on June 12, 1970 in a 2-0 victory against the Padres.

Ellis died at Los Angeles in 2008 due to cirrhosis of the liver.

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