JUNE 12, 1970 – PittsburghPirate pitcher Doc Ellis no-hit the San Diego Padres on this date, he later claimed, under the influence. It wasn’t like he’d had a few beersbefore the game. He says he was trippin’ on acid, LSD – Lysergic
Acid Diethylamide, the hallucinogenic preferred drug of the hippy generation. Ellis won the game 2-0, but he was hardly perfect, walking eight.
Willie Stargell provided all the scoring for the Pirates, hitting two solo home runs.
Ellis isn’t real clear on the timing, but he arrived in
San Diego a day or so before a series with the Padres.
Once there, he made a side trip to see friends in
Los Angeles. He seemed to have lost track of time during a day or two of booze, pot, various other drugs and some sleep. After waking up around
, he took a hit of acid.
Keven McAlester of the
Dallas Observer writes, “Doc Ellis would frequently drop acid on off days.” He’d “lock himself” in a room and “listen to Jimi Hendricks and Iron Butterfly for days.” Not long after taking the LSD, one of his fellow partiers, while flipping through a newspaper, said, “Doc, you’re supposed to pitch today.” Doc said he wasn’t scheduled to pitch until Friday. “It is Friday,” he was told.
Ellis scrambled to get to
San Diego for a start about 5 hours later. The effects of an LSD trip were apparently still with him when he took the mound.