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September 13, 2009



I remember Manny Mota, too. He had a weird battting stance, waving his bat above his head like he was gonna bonk himself rather than the ball.


This is hilarious. Thanks!


Great read. Thanks!

michael C

great post! where's the movie? the Natural collides with Fear & Loathing at home plate...


I think Rube Waddell would give Dock a run for his money in the strangeness category.


If you've done acid a few times you may understand how it's possible to pitch a no-hitter while tripping (even considering the anomalies of the ball changing size or foul tips looking like come-backers)-- you can get into a groove of sorts, where you just keep doing the same thing over and over, and your concentration actually improves because you get fascinated by the intricacies of what you're doing.


If you've done acid a few times you also may understand how it's possible to have issues with any stadium of any sort.


I've read Ellis was persuaded to publicly acknowledge his LSD-enhanced no-hitter by none other than David L. Lander, TV's "Squiggy" -- he's a major league scout in his spare time and a lifelong Pirates fan.

michael C

speaking of Murtaugh, does anyone remember the fanzine with his name. In my dusty fmu memory banks, i recall there was a connection between the creator of the fanzine (Spike Vrusko) and the station...does that sound familiar?


Hold on there, brother. That's my biscuit.

Arnold Garner

Check out songwriter Chuck Brodsky's song "Dock Ellis' No-no" on his album The Baseball Ballads for a hilarious telling of the no hitter game...


There was a guy in our college ultimate frisbee crowd who was ususally tripping while playing. He was a great player unless he really got out there.


There was a terrific but short-lived band in Cincinnati from the early to mid-90s who called themselves Dock Ellis. That's how I first heard about the ball player. I was going to Grateful Dead shows here and there at the time and encountered some blotter acid that had a picture of a baseball on it. Of course, some folks in the know were calling it "Dock Ellis".

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