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(Onion AV Club)   50 years ago today, Dock Ellis D'ed a no hitter   (news.avclub.com) divider line
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2020-06-12 10:09:49 AM  
one thing I've finally noticed is that pitchers nicknamed 'Doc' got it for a reason and it's not their surgical precision.
 
2020-06-12 10:23:21 AM  
+1 for the headline
 
2020-06-12 10:33:22 AM  
Doc Ellis and the LSD No-No
We flew into San Diego and I asked the manager could I go home because we had a off-day, so he said "yea" so I took some LSD at the airport cuz I knew where it would hit me, I'd be in my own, you know, little area, that I'd know where to go, so that's how I got to my friend's girlfriends house. She said "What's wrong with you?"  I said "I'm high as a Georgia pine."  The next day, which I thought was the next day, she told me" you better get up, you gotta go pitch." I said "Pitch? I pitch tomorrow, hell what are you talking about? cuz I had got up in the middle of the morning and took some more acid. She grabbed the paper, brought me the Sports page and showed me - UHH. I said "Oh wow, what happened to yesterday?" She said "I don't know but you better get to that airport."

PART 2 The Game
Now this was in the 70's and Greenies was Dexamyls, that was the drug of choice back then was a stimulant. Over 90% of the Major League was using Dexamyl when I was playing. When I got to the game, there was a lady down there in San Diego who used to always have the Bennies for me, Benzedrine, which is another stimulant, I went out to the Dugout and reached up cuz she was standing over the rail, she always stood over the rail and had a pretty little gold pouch, so I got the Bennies went on back in the clubhouse, took them. The game started and the mist started, misty rain, so all during the game  was a little mist. The opposing team and my teammates they knew I was high but they didn't know what I was high on, cuz they had no idea what LSD was other than what they see on TV with the Hippees. I didn't see the hitters all I could tell was if they were on the left side or the right side, the catcher put tape on his fingers so I could see his signals. We had a rookie on the team at that particular time named Dave Cash and he kept saying after the first inning, he'd say "ya gotta no-no going, a no-hitter, I say "yea, right" and I'd look, then around the fourth inning,he'd say it again " gotta no-no going, I'd look, "yep", but I could also feel the pressure from other players wanting to tell him to shut up, there's a superstition thing where you're not supposed to say nothing if somebody's throwing a no-hitter. There were time where the ball was hit back at me, I jumped cuz I thought it was coming fast but the ball was coming slow, third baseman come by, grabbed the ball and threw somebody out. I never caught a ball from the catcher with two hands cuz I thought that was a big ol' ball and then sometimes it looked small. One time I covered First base and I caught the ball and I tagged the base all in one motion and I said "ooh I just made a touchdown". I didn't pay no attention to the score you know I'm trying to get the batters out and I'm throwing a crazy game I'm hitting people walking people throwing balls in the dirt, they going everywhere.
ANNOUNCER:
Now we go for the piece d' resistance we move to the bottom of the ninth on a no hitter leading two nothing.
It was easier to pitch with the LSD because I was so used to medicating myself, thats the way I was dealing with the fear of failure, the fear of losing ,the fear of winning ,it's just part of the game, you know, you get to the major leagues and you say "I've got to stay here, what do I need?"
ANNOUNCER:
Everybody in our bullpen is standing and walking and walking around nervously, they want to run and grab Dock,now two balls, two strikes and here's the pitch, STRIKE THREE he got it, they're going after him, he got it, they're mobbing Dock Ellis on a no-hitter....
 
2020-06-12 10:41:16 AM  
Watch the documentary on him (I think it's on Netflix? Might be a 30-for-30) called "No-No: A Dockumentary".

There is so much more to the man - a civil rights activist and mentor - than that one game.

// if you can watch it without crying, I'll give you a month of TF
 
2020-06-12 11:38:00 AM  
Love the headline, can't believe it never occurred to me!  The best way to hear the story: 
No Mas Presents: Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No by James Blagden
Youtube _vUhSYLRw14
 
2020-06-12 11:46:59 AM  

deadsanta: Love the headline, can't believe it never occurred to me!  The best way to hear the story: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/_vUhSYLR​w14]


umm.. you know how I know you didn't read watch the article video ;)

/subby
 
2020-06-12 11:55:45 AM  
I was hoping it would link to that video
 
2020-06-12 12:36:03 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Watch the documentary on him (I think it's on Netflix? Might be a 30-for-30) called "No-No: A Dockumentary".

There is so much more to the man - a civil rights activist and mentor - than that one game.

// if you can watch it without crying, I'll give you a month of TF


Great documentary.  Watched it not too long ago, and I didn't cry.

/what do I get for getting a bit veklempt?
 
2020-06-12 1:04:53 PM  

KingKauff: Dr Dreidel: Watch the documentary on him (I think it's on Netflix? Might be a 30-for-30) called "No-No: A Dockumentary".

There is so much more to the man - a civil rights activist and mentor - than that one game.

// if you can watch it without crying, I'll give you a month of TF

Great documentary.  Watched it not too long ago, and I didn't cry.

/what do I get for getting a bit veklempt?


NO TF FOR YOU!

// I shed The Manly Tear (TVTropes link, sorry)
// sent one or two more to make sure it was OK
 
2020-06-12 1:57:57 PM  

Jack Sabbath: +1 for the headline


Seconded. That's a really clever one. +1.

/ HOTY candidate?
 
2020-06-12 2:31:38 PM  

Kick The Chair: one thing I've finally noticed is that pitchers nicknamed 'Doc' got it for a reason and it's not their surgical precision.


Doc Medich was/is* an actual doctor.

I heard this from an announcer as a kid. I told my brother at one point; he told me I was wrong and that he had the nickname because his last name was pronounced "Medic." (It's actually pronounced "Med-itch.") I wish we had Wiki back then.

* Seems he's no longer a practicing physician, having been suspended indefinitely because of some bogus prescriptions. But he's still a doctor in the sense of being a person with a doctorate degree.
 
2020-06-12 2:44:45 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Watch the documentary on him (I think it's on Netflix? Might be a 30-for-30) called "No-No: A Dockumentary".

There is so much more to the man - a civil rights activist and mentor - than that one game.

// if you can watch it without crying, I'll give you a month of TF


I watched the movie It without crying once, free movie please.
 
2020-06-12 3:41:51 PM  
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On Netflix and well worth the watch.
 
2020-06-12 7:48:31 PM  
CSB
When I was playing college ball back in the late 70's/early 80's in LA, a lot of the local big leaguers would come work out with us in the winter, and he showed up a couple of times.
Nice guy, if he liked you. Since I wasn't a pitcher I didn't get to meet him.
 
2020-06-13 7:33:06 AM  

Pinche Mateo: Doc Ellis and the LSD No-No
We flew into San Diego and I asked the manager could I go home because we had a off-day, so he said "yea" so I took some LSD at the airport cuz I knew where it would hit me, I'd be in my own, you know, little area, that I'd know where to go, so that's how I got to my friend's girlfriends house. She said "What's wrong with you?"  I said "I'm high as a Georgia pine."  The next day, which I thought was the next day, she told me" you better get up, you gotta go pitch." I said "Pitch? I pitch tomorrow, hell what are you talking about? cuz I had got up in the middle of the morning and took some more acid. She grabbed the paper, brought me the Sports page and showed me - UHH. I said "Oh wow, what happened to yesterday?" She said "I don't know but you better get to that airport."

PART 2 The Game
Now this was in the 70's and Greenies was Dexamyls, that was the drug of choice back then was a stimulant. Over 90% of the Major League was using Dexamyl when I was playing. When I got to the game, there was a lady down there in San Diego who used to always have the Bennies for me, Benzedrine, which is another stimulant, I went out to the Dugout and reached up cuz she was standing over the rail, she always stood over the rail and had a pretty little gold pouch, so I got the Bennies went on back in the clubhouse, took them. The game started and the mist started, misty rain, so all during the game  was a little mist. The opposing team and my teammates they knew I was high but they didn't know what I was high on, cuz they had no idea what LSD was other than what they see on TV with the Hippees. I didn't see the hitters all I could tell was if they were on the left side or the right side, the catcher put tape on his fingers so I could see his signals. We had a rookie on the team at that particular time named Dave Cash and he kept saying after the first inning, he'd say "ya gotta no-no going, a no-hitter, I say "yea, right" and I'd look, then around the fourth inning,he'd say it again " gotta no-no going, I'd look, "yep", but I could also feel the pressure from other players wanting to tell him to shut up, there's a superstition thing where you're not supposed to say nothing if somebody's throwing a no-hitter. There were time where the ball was hit back at me, I jumped cuz I thought it was coming fast but the ball was coming slow, third baseman come by, grabbed the ball and threw somebody out. I never caught a ball from the catcher with two hands cuz I thought that was a big ol' ball and then sometimes it looked small. One time I covered First base and I caught the ball and I tagged the base all in one motion and I said "ooh I just made a touchdown". I didn't pay no attention to the score you know I'm trying to get the batters out and I'm throwing a crazy game I'm hitting people walking people throwing balls in the dirt, they going everywhere.
ANNOUNCER:
Now we go for the piece d' resistance we move to the bottom of the ninth on a no hitter leading two nothing.
It was easier to pitch with the LSD because I was so used to medicating myself, thats the way I was dealing with the fear of failure, the fear of losing ,the fear of winning ,it's just part of the game, you know, you get to the major leagues and you say "I've got to stay here, what do I need?"
ANNOUNCER:
Everybody in our bullpen is standing and walking and walking around nervously, they want to run and grab Dock,now two balls, two strikes and here's the pitch, STRIKE THREE he got it, they're going after him, he got it, they're mobbing Dock Ellis on a no-hitter....


& that post was infinitely more informative than that shiat article.
 
2020-06-13 7:36:54 AM  

lovely_filth: Pinche Mateo: Doc Ellis and the LSD No-No
We flew into San Diego and I asked the manager could I go home because we had a off-day, so he said "yea" so I took some LSD at the airport cuz I knew where it would hit me, I'd be in my own, you know, little area, that I'd know where to go, so that's how I got to my friend's girlfriends house. She said "What's wrong with you?"  I said "I'm high as a Georgia pine."  The next day, which I thought was the next day, she told me" you better get up, you gotta go pitch." I said "Pitch? I pitch tomorrow, hell what are you talking about? cuz I had got up in the middle of the morning and took some more acid. She grabbed the paper, brought me the Sports page and showed me - UHH. I said "Oh wow, what happened to yesterday?" She said "I don't know but you better get to that airport."

PART 2 The Game
Now this was in the 70's and Greenies was Dexamyls, that was the drug of choice back then was a stimulant. Over 90% of the Major League was using Dexamyl when I was playing. When I got to the game, there was a lady down there in San Diego who used to always have the Bennies for me, Benzedrine, which is another stimulant, I went out to the Dugout and reached up cuz she was standing over the rail, she always stood over the rail and had a pretty little gold pouch, so I got the Bennies went on back in the clubhouse, took them. The game started and the mist started, misty rain, so all during the game  was a little mist. The opposing team and my teammates they knew I was high but they didn't know what I was high on, cuz they had no idea what LSD was other than what they see on TV with the Hippees. I didn't see the hitters all I could tell was if they were on the left side or the right side, the catcher put tape on his fingers so I could see his signals. We had a rookie on the team at that particular time named Dave Cash and he kept saying after the first inning, he'd say "ya gotta no-no going, a no-hitter, I say "yea, right" and I'd look, then around the fourth inning,he'd say it again " gotta no-no going, I'd look, "yep", but I could also feel the pressure from other players wanting to tell him to shut up, there's a superstition thing where you're not supposed to say nothing if somebody's throwing a no-hitter. There were time where the ball was hit back at me, I jumped cuz I thought it was coming fast but the ball was coming slow, third baseman come by, grabbed the ball and threw somebody out. I never caught a ball from the catcher with two hands cuz I thought that was a big ol' ball and then sometimes it looked small. One time I covered First base and I caught the ball and I tagged the base all in one motion and I said "ooh I just made a touchdown". I didn't pay no attention to the score you know I'm trying to get the batters out and I'm throwing a crazy game I'm hitting people walking people throwing balls in the dirt, they going everywhere.
ANNOUNCER:
Now we go for the piece d' resistance we move to the bottom of the ninth on a no hitter leading two nothing.
It was easier to pitch with the LSD because I was so used to medicating myself, thats the way I was dealing with the fear of failure, the fear of losing ,the fear of winning ,it's just part of the game, you know, you get to the major leagues and you say "I've got to stay here, what do I need?"
ANNOUNCER:
Everybody in our bullpen is standing and walking and walking around nervously, they want to run and grab Dock,now two balls, two strikes and here's the pitch, STRIKE THREE he got it, they're going after him, he got it, they're mobbing Dock Ellis on a no-hitter....

& that post was infinitely more informative than that shiat article.


originally I linked to the video only, it was changed after submission
 
2020-06-13 10:01:52 AM  

Kick The Chair: lovely_filth: Pinche Mateo: Doc Ellis and the LSD No-No
We flew into San Diego and I asked the manager could I go home because we had a off-day, so he said "yea" so I took some LSD at the airport cuz I knew where it would hit me, I'd be in my own, you know, little area, that I'd know where to go, so that's how I got to my friend's girlfriends house. She said "What's wrong with you?"  I said "I'm high as a Georgia pine."  The next day, which I thought was the next day, she told me" you better get up, you gotta go pitch." I said "Pitch? I pitch tomorrow, hell what are you talking about? cuz I had got up in the middle of the morning and took some more acid. She grabbed the paper, brought me the Sports page and showed me - UHH. I said "Oh wow, what happened to yesterday?" She said "I don't know but you better get to that airport."

PART 2 The Game
Now this was in the 70's and Greenies was Dexamyls, that was the drug of choice back then was a stimulant. Over 90% of the Major League was using Dexamyl when I was playing. When I got to the game, there was a lady down there in San Diego who used to always have the Bennies for me, Benzedrine, which is another stimulant, I went out to the Dugout and reached up cuz she was standing over the rail, she always stood over the rail and had a pretty little gold pouch, so I got the Bennies went on back in the clubhouse, took them. The game started and the mist started, misty rain, so all during the game  was a little mist. The opposing team and my teammates they knew I was high but they didn't know what I was high on, cuz they had no idea what LSD was other than what they see on TV with the Hippees. I didn't see the hitters all I could tell was if they were on the left side or the right side, the catcher put tape on his fingers so I could see his signals. We had a rookie on the team at that particular time named Dave Cash and he kept saying after the first inning, he'd say "ya gotta no-no going, a no-hitter, I say "yea, right" and I'd ...


Weird how they posted an article from five years ago about the 45-year anniversary. There were current articles they could have posted.
 
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