Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dock Ellis: Pitched a No Hitter, Abused Drugs, Reformed, and Counsels Prisoners

Originally the idea that any human could pitch a no-hitter at any level much less the majors while tripping on LSD as did Dock Ellis interested me the most. To correct that mistake and enlighten anyone bored enough to tarry here, let's just start with the last bit from an article: "The sport of baseball has, since his retirement, more or less shunned him because of who he was. The irony, of course, is that Ellis' one-time problems, which prevented him from being a truly great player, have since revealed him to be something more like a great person.

And baseball, like the rest of us, could use a few more of those."

Dock's line for the no hitter: "he ended with eight walks, one hit batsman and the bases loaded at least twice."

Life imitates baseball.

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