I love a good drug story.
Let me clarify that statement, I love a good drug story that doesn’t end with the person losing their house, car, job, family or their life. I know that’s probably not politically correct but hell, I have a few of my own that I’m saving for my nieces and nephews when they get old enough to hear them and let me tell you, those stories are fabulous.
Just like this one starring Dock Ellis (who was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates from the late 60s to the early 70s) and his drug-fueled no hitter against the San Diego Padres on June 12, 1970.
Not only was this feat incredible on its own, the fact that Ellis was completely bonkers on acid and Bennies is enough to make you wonder just how crazy it had to be inside his own head.
Here’s what Ellis had to say about the experience:
“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, but I didn’t hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters, and the bases were loaded two or three times. The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn’t. Sometimes, I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. I started having a crazy idea in the fourth inning that Richard Nixon was the home plate umpire, and once I thought I was pitching a baseball to Jimi Hendrix, who to me was holding a guitar and swinging it over the plate. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn’t hit hard and never reached me.”
Think that sounds fucking psychotic? Take a look at the animated version of what happened from the time he dropped acid at the airport all the way through his no-hitter game.
Like I said, I love a good drug story.
Video after the break.
Source: Open Culture