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"Pitching a No-Hitter on LSD" [by Walter Carey]

Dock Ellis no hitterIt may be the accomplishment of which he was proudest.

He had pitched a no-hitter on LSD.

Not even his teammates knew.

On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates

no-hit the Padres in San Diego

on the best acid trip of the several he had taken.

He had to keep it secret, although he confided the secret

to Donald Hall, the American poet, for a biography he wrote

and published in 1976. But they had to take it out of the manuscript because

Ellis was signed by the Yankees of New York, whose owner,

the imperious George Steinbrenner, had little patience 

for this sort of thing. But word leaked out, "trickling quietly

into the zeitgeist of a pre-internet world," as The Guardian put it 

on the fiftieth anniversary of the feat. O journalism!

How great is thy tribute to the anniversaries of the world!


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