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Invisibleveggie

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The LSD No-Hitter [This day in history, 1970]
    #4289111 - 06/12/05 11:45 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

June 12, 1970 - Dock Ellis, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher, pitches a no-hitter - on LSD - gettingit.com

When the subject of baseball and drugs comes up, the story of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis and his celebrated "LSD No-Hitter" stands out above all others. On June 12, 1970, the 25-year-old pitcher was between starts, so he stayed back in his Los Angeles hotel while his team flew on to San Diego to play the Padres. Ellis invited his girlfriend over, and they dropped hits of acid around noon.

As he tells it in his autobiography, In the Country of Baseball:

"I had taken LSD ... I thought it was an off day. That's how come I had it in me. I took the LSD at 12 noon. At one, my girlfriend looked in the paper and said 'Dock, you're pitching today'."

The original starting pitcher for the Pirates was a last-minute scratch due to an injury. Dock's girlfriend drove him to the airport for a 3 p.m. flight. With great difficulty, he managed to get to the ballpark on time. He was on the mound throwing the first pitch at 6 p.m. It was the first game of a two-night doubleheader against the Padres.

"I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched, I had a feeling of euphoria. I was zeroed in on the catcher's glove."

"The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes; sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn't."

He saw comet-tails on every pitch. He was wild that evening, walking eight batters, but pitched that rarity -- a no-hitter. For advocates of the mind-expanding properties of psychedelic drugs, this was the stuff of legend.

Ellis waited until 1984 to reveal that he was on acid the night he achieved baseball immortality. Back in 1970, it would have been damaging to his career to make that admission publicly. By 1984 he was out of baseball, working as a drug rehabilitation counselor, and he decided to set the record straight.

LSD wasn't his only drug. Ellis sometimes swallowed 10-15 amphetamines before a game. "I was going out there on the average of 75 milligrams," he says. "Some guys I pitched against, we would try to guess which one of us was higher."


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: veggie]
    #4289263 - 06/13/05 12:19 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

:grin:  I love reading this story.


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Acid doesn't give you truths; it builds machines that push the envelope of perception. Whatever revelations came to me then have dissolved like skywriting. All I really know is that those few years saddled me with a faith in the redemptive potential of the imagination which, however flat, stale and unprofitable the world seems to me now, I cannot for the life of me shake.

-Erik Davis


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4289288 - 06/13/05 12:26 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

This story is a HIT at the bar I tend, and the funny thing is, most people seem to know the story very well. Like he's a local hero or something. Gooooo Dock!


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: veggie]
    #4290555 - 06/13/05 11:47 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I've never heard that one, that rocks! :sun:


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: Trav]
    #4290596 - 06/13/05 12:00 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Damn.....see good things can come from what people would call "bad substances"


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: Cytokine]
    #4290784 - 06/13/05 12:49 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Awesome story..playing professional baseball on LSD..  :thumbup:


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: veggie]
    #4292347 - 06/13/05 07:05 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Heh! Yeah, I remember when he admitted that. I was just entering HS and everyone was abuzz about this. Especially so since Nancy Reagan had just started her "Just Say No" campaign....


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: veggie]
    #4292377 - 06/13/05 07:12 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

That's awesome!


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: dblaney]
    #4292455 - 06/13/05 07:38 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Does anyone have any links to a compendium of similar stories perhaps? other celebrities/athletes/etc that have come out of the closet regarding mush/LSD? I know Daryl Hannah recently did.


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Acid doesn't give you truths; it builds machines that push the envelope of perception. Whatever revelations came to me then have dissolved like skywriting. All I really know is that those few years saddled me with a faith in the redemptive potential of the imagination which, however flat, stale and unprofitable the world seems to me now, I cannot for the life of me shake.

-Erik Davis


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4292927 - 06/13/05 09:50 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)



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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: veggie]
    #4292977 - 06/13/05 10:06 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Thank you!


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Acid doesn't give you truths; it builds machines that push the envelope of perception. Whatever revelations came to me then have dissolved like skywriting. All I really know is that those few years saddled me with a faith in the redemptive potential of the imagination which, however flat, stale and unprofitable the world seems to me now, I cannot for the life of me shake.

-Erik Davis


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4468658 - 07/29/05 01:11 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

HAHA, I've only heard bits of this story, its a little old, but heres a bump for anyone who missed it, good stuff.


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: scatmanrav]
    #4468726 - 07/29/05 01:30 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

Yes, good story.

I wouldn't be surprised if this has happened many times since then. I don't think the drug testing picks up LSD.

I wonder what player of today might be tempted to try this? That pitcher for the Dodgers, Eric Gahane(sp?) looks like he might do acid.


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: veggie]
    #4470737 - 07/29/05 08:17 PM (11 years, 4 months ago)

that's a wacky story


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: veggie]
    #4525438 - 08/12/05 05:26 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

This sounds good, the famous LSD game on video. If you have HBO you should tape this.

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Costas Now at 8 p.m. Fri. Aug. 12 on HBO profiles former Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, who says he pitched a no-hitter against the Padres in 1970 while under the influence of LSD. Ellis, who says he pitched every game in his career on greenies, has kicked drugs and today works with teen addicts at a group home in California.

The game wasn't televised, but HBO will air a fan's home movie footage, which includes some pretty wild pitching. Ellis tells HBO he doesn't remember the game or postgame interviews. Still, he suggests, stats are stats: "It was an ugly no-hitter. But it was a no-no."




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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: veggie]
    #4525790 - 08/12/05 10:15 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Oh man, I wish I had HBO!


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Acid doesn't give you truths; it builds machines that push the envelope of perception. Whatever revelations came to me then have dissolved like skywriting. All I really know is that those few years saddled me with a faith in the redemptive potential of the imagination which, however flat, stale and unprofitable the world seems to me now, I cannot for the life of me shake.

-Erik Davis


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4526162 - 08/12/05 01:46 PM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Me too! Someone capture this for us :smile:


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Re: The LSD No-Hitter (This day in history) [Re: veggie]
    #4528429 - 08/13/05 01:39 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Quote:

veggie said:
This sounds good, the famous LSD game on video. If you have HBO you should tape this.

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Costas Now at 8 p.m. Fri. Aug. 12 on HBO profiles former Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, who says he pitched a no-hitter against the Padres in 1970 while under the influence of LSD. Ellis, who says he pitched every game in his career on greenies, has kicked drugs and today works with teen addicts at a group home in California.

The game wasn't televised, but HBO will air a fan's home movie footage, which includes some pretty wild pitching. Ellis tells HBO he doesn't remember the game or postgame interviews. Still, he suggests, stats are stats: "It was an ugly no-hitter. But it was a no-no."







Oh, for the love of Christ. I didn't see this post in time. I want to see this.







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