Pitcher Dock Ellis’ Legendary LSD No-Hitter

In celebration of the greatest athletic achievement by a man on a psychedelic journey, No Mas and artist James Blagden proudly present the animated tale of Dock Ellis’ legendary LSD no-hitter. In the past few years weve heard all too much about performance enhancing drugs from greenies to tetrahydrogestrinone, and not enough about performance inhibiting drugs. If our evaluation of the records of athletes like Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Marion Jones, and Barry Bonds needs to be revised downwards with an asterisk, we submit that that Dock Ellis record deserves a giant exclamation point. Of the 263 no-hitters ever thrown in the Big Leagues, we can only guess how many were aided by steroids, but we can say without question that only one was ever thrown on acid.

Sadly, the great Dock Ellis died last December at 63. A year before, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel, had recorded an interview with Ellis in which the former Pirate right hander gave a moment by moment account of June 12, 1970, the day he no-hit the San Diego Padres. Alexander and Ilels original four minute piece appeared March 29, 2008 on NPRs Weekend America. When we stumbled across that piece this past June, Blagden and Isenberg were inspired to create a short animated film around the original audio.


– From No Mas via YouTube.



  1. Anonymous on

    Oh man, when Doc says he covered first base, by catching the ball in one hand and tagging the guy out at first; then he says, he thought he made a touchdown. LOL SO FUNNY! Great Stuff!

  2. Anonymous on

    “but we can say without question that only one was ever thrown on acid”

    oh you can, can you? That’s an assumption – it might not just be the no-hitter and the acid that made him one of a kind, it could also be his pride. We can’t be sure the legendary circumstances of his intoxication weren’t just a cover for a larger practice. If you thought legal steriods were taboo back then, imagine admitting you were using Schedule 1 drugs and losing a multimillion dollar baseball contract.

  3. Jay Dell on

    The era of high pops on the field were a fly catching experience.Big Bat and hard ball with a no hinter into the future sure beats the grounders so many have played.

    Here is to ya coach put me in the play!
    Im ready to play hard ball ,big league style.
    High Flying

    Crazy Bird productions and Big Bat Incorperated sponsored by me.

  4. greg williams on

    Its a funny song. The message intended is, sometimes you just cant judge a book by its cover.
    Go listen to it.

    peace, love, anarchy

  5. Anonymous on

    i believe the last quote is incorrect he was sitting in bed with his girlfriend when they just took a hit of acid each when he turned on the tv and saw the pre game on tv or read in newspaper???? he was thinking it was a friday when it was really saturday and hopped on the next plane to san deigo i believe somewhere on the plane is where the acid just started kicking in

  6. greg williams on

    Todd Snider does a great song that attributes to docs legend.
    ” Americas favorite past-time”

    Ya’ll will love it.

    Doc Ellis was a pitcher for the Pittburg Pirates back in 1970
    When he and his wife took a trip to the ball park a lil bit differently
    By the time he hit the bullpen half the world had melted away
    That was about the time coach Murtoch(sp) said ” Doc you’re pitchin’ today

    This song and many other groovy songs by Todd can be found at ToddSnider.net
    Todd is a good friend of mine and i doubt very seriously if he would mind me relating this message to ya’ll.

    You can purchase his latest cd, ” The Excitment plan”

    Other Todd cd worth looking into are..

    East Nashville Skyline
    Near Truths and Hotel Rooms
    Step Right Up
    Peace, Love, Anarchy
    Live at Grimeys
    Happy to be Here
    The Devil You Know
    Viva Satellite
    Songs for the Daily Planet
    New Connection
    Peace Queer

    I will be seeing Todd in December when he comes to SF. Let me and him know what you think if you decide to listen to his music.
    Be prepared to be entertained, laugh your asses off and be a little more enlighteded than you might of been before listening to him.
    You just may end up becoming a tree huggin peace lovin pot smokin porn watchin lazy ass hippie, if you aint one already.