Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tune in, turn on--and not your radio or TV

Put me in, Coach
On June 12, 1970, Major League pitcher Dock Ellis took a trip to the mountaintop. He pitched a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fourteen years later Ellis revealed that he had realized every pitcher's dream while under the influence of LSD.

Ellis had dropped out about noon that day, under the impression that the Pirates had an off-day. When he found out there was a game and that he was scheduled to pitch, he decided, what the heck, you only go around and around once.

"I was psyched," Ellis recounted. "I thought the ball was talking to me." Despite the feat, Ellis never pitched on acid again. After he retired, he was treated for drug dependency and later ran an antidrug program in Los Angeles. He died in 2008, of cirrhosis.

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