Dock Ellis' 1970 LSD No-hitter


Never let it be said that Robert Lamb doesn't appreciate a good sports story. While baseball and I have never quite seen eye-to-eye, I can't help but be amused by Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis' 1970 no-hitter (or "no-no") against the San Diego Padres -- a feat that Ellis claims to have accomplished while totally mind-blasted on LSD.

Ellis sadly left this planet in the corporeal sense in 2008, but before that he recounted his psychedelic no-hitter in a radio interview. Now, thanks to animator James Blagden, you can enjoy his account through the above animated short film. It's been out about a month, so if you've already seen it, shame on you for not telling me about it sooner.

The animation style really captures the weirdness and wonder of Ellis' experience, and the interview sheds some interesting light on not only Dock's LSD usage, but also all the various uppers that the rest of Major League Baseball was downing back in the day.

And hey, explore the links to the relevant HSW content on all of this. You might be surprised at what you don't know about baseball and drugs.

EDIT: Chuck was good enough to point out that Ellis also walked 9 guys in that game, which is alluded to in the video but not made abundantly clear.

Batter up at HowStuffWorks.com: How Baseball Works How LSD Works How Gene Doping Works How Performance Enhancing Drugs Work Are lefties better at sports? Is surgery changing baseball? Baseball Quiz


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.