BASEBALL ON LSD
Dock Ellis, the Pirates starting pitcher, pitched his first and only no-hitter of his career on June 12th, 1970. Meanwhile he was under the influence of LSD!
On June 12th, 1970, Dock Ellis, starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, accomplished a feat that many pitchers can only dream of, but with a major caveat: Ellis was under the influence of LSD. That day, Ellis pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres and set a record that has never been matched.
The story of Ellis’s no-hitter is one of the most remarkable in baseball history. On the morning of the game, Ellis, who was known to use LSD, had taken the drug and was still in an altered state when he arrived at the stadium. He was convinced that he was pitching against the Los Angeles Dodgers, not the San Diego Padres.
Despite his state, Ellis was able to pitch a near-perfect game. He only allowed one walk and struck out six batters in the nine-inning game. When he was taken out of the game in the ninth inning with the no-hitter intact, the stadium erupted in cheers.
After the game, Ellis revealed that he had been under the influence of LSD, making his feat even more impressive. Despite his drug use, he is still remembered as a great pitcher who was ahead of his time and could still perform at an elite level despite his personal choices.
Dock Ellis’s no-hitter will forever be remembered as one of the most remarkable achievements in baseball history. It stands as a testament to his incredible talent and shows that even in the face of adversity, great things are still possible.