If you haven’t seen this yet, buckle up, kiddies; it’s time to look back at a different time, a different era, back when men were men, women were burning bras, and pitchers were on acid on the mound. The legend of Dock Ellis‘ no-hitter while he was high is relatively well-known, but most people just know the basics: that he was a pitcher, on acid, throwing a no-no.
But why not hear the story from Ellis himself? And if we’re going to do that, why not have his testimony accompanied by some truly sensational animation and killer funk? The entire short - too short, really, at just over four and a half minutes - is after the break.
That was by the brilliant minds at NO MAS.
As SB NATION points out, this tale is just a little disappointing, if only because it doesn’t include some of the best details of Ellis’ recollection. To boot:
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.
Further, we wish the short had included Ellis’ final line of the night, courtesy of RETROSHEET BOXSCORE:
9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 8 BB, 6 SO, 1 HBP, 36 batters faced
Eight walks! Plus the one hit batsman that the video referenced. It takes a special kind of crazy to put nine guys on over the course of a game, but have nobody make good enough contact with a pitch to record a hit.
Unfortunately, Ellis passed away much too soon, just last December at the young age of 63. As a drug counselor, he may not have approved of this romanticizing of his fateful game (even as he narrated it so for the radio). As a first-hand witness, though, he’d probably have beamed with pride.