There have been 273 no hit games in the history of Major League Baseball, but this may be the only one accomplished under the influence of LSD.
On 12 June 1970, Ellis hurled the first no-hitter of the 1970 season as he blanked the Padres 2-0 in the opening game of a double-header in San Diego. Ellis’ feat was a bit unusual in that he seemed particularly wild that day, walking eight batters and hitting one, but many pitchers have achieved stellar results despite laboring with obvious control problems. Afterwards, Dock Ellis revealed an alternative explanation for his lack of control that day: he was under the influence of LSD at the time.

“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. 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.”


By: Sasha The Bear (887.70)

Tags: Dock Ellis, LSD, Major League Baseball, Padres, Pirates, Dexy's, Drugs, Touchdown, No-Hitter

Location: San Diego, CA