Saturday, December 20, 2008

Dock Ellis's Passing....and Tripping

I read this morning Dock Ellis, former Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher, died Friday, December 19. I'm not much of a baseball fan, and I'd never heard of Dock until about 6 months ago. It seems legend has it ol' Dock pitched himself a no-hitter for the Pirates back in 1970... while under the influence of LSD. What little I know about baseball is that pitchers can be some pretty kooky guys - but they are highly skilled in what they do. Apparently Dock had the stuff all the way around and his skills were...ummm, err...enlightened that day by a substance in his system other than steroids.

A bit more about Dock's no-no as told biographically...

And Dock's story told through Todd Snider's lyrics...

Tip to the Todd Snider List-Serv wire for the news about Dock's passing.

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