Friday, November 13, 2009

Dock Ellis' Acid-Tripping No Hitter (Video)

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Dock Ellis' rookie card from 1969.
  • Dock Ellis' rookie card from 1969.
The late Dock Ellis has one of the coolest baseball stories ever told to call his own. In 1970, he pitched a no-hitter. On acid.

Dock died on December 19 of last year, but not before Kevin McAlester of the Houston Press could write this detailed feature story, aptly titled "High Times," about him.

Below is an brand-new illustrated video by James Blagden that recalls Ellis' memories of that day, brought to you by NoMas TV -- with audio of Ellis telling his story, in his own words.

To call Ellis' retelling funny or memorable is just selling this gem short. Check it out after the jump...

From the page:
Sadly, the great Dock Ellis died last December at 63. A year before, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel, had recorded an interview with Ellis in which the former Pirate right hander gave a moment by moment account of June 12, 1970, the day he no-hit the San Diego Padres. Alexander and Ilels original four minute piece appeared March 29, 2008 on NPRs Weekend America. When we stumbled across that piece this past June, Blagden and Isenberg were inspired to create a short animated film around the original audio.

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