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Thursday, November 12, 2009


The awesomeness is emanating out of No Mas like butter through the pores of an obese child being chased down the street. This is an incredibly well-done animated short from James Blagden chronicling what might have happened to Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis before his famous June 12, 1970 no-hitter against San Diego. Ellis claims he was on LSD at the time, and really the only way this could be better is if you popped a blotter yourself before watching.

Thanks to Dan Levy.

Repoz Posted: November 12, 2009 at 05:56 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Young Blasarius yonder Posted: November 12, 2009 at 06:24 PM (#3386202)
This video is effin' awesome! The Rumble in the Jungle One is pretty well-done, too.
   2. Jick Posted: November 12, 2009 at 06:30 PM (#3386211)
That's beautiful, man.
   3. Shooty Did Not Have Relations With That Pig Posted: November 12, 2009 at 06:38 PM (#3386218)
I'm really surprised a certain primate hasn't posted in this thread yet.
   4. Hubie Brooks (Not Really) Posted: November 12, 2009 at 06:45 PM (#3386229)
C.I. and the No Mas crew do some great stuff.
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: November 12, 2009 at 07:12 PM (#3386265)
the awesome.
   6. Don Malcolm Posted: November 12, 2009 at 07:52 PM (#3386313)
Yeah, that's what we're talkin' about!! It's hard to exactly confirm the veracity of Dock's claim, but the late Jerry May (who caught the no-no) did confirm that he used tape on his fingers, though apparently he did that for Dock on more than one occasion when he caught him, because Dock's eyesight was not 20/20 (even on days when he wasn't tripping).
   7. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: November 12, 2009 at 08:13 PM (#3386333)
Damn good stuff.
   8. phredbird Posted: November 12, 2009 at 08:45 PM (#3386360)
   9. Sunday silence Posted: November 12, 2009 at 10:02 PM (#3386426)
Ellis actually recorded two put outs at 1b, including the second out of the ninth inning, boy that would have been embarrassing to do something effed up in the ninth inning of a no no.

8 walks and 1 HBP, he faced 36 batters.
   10. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: November 13, 2009 at 12:30 AM (#3386520)
   11. frannyzoo Posted: November 13, 2009 at 12:39 AM (#3386535)
Wow. Beautiful.
   12. Sunday silence Posted: November 13, 2009 at 12:41 AM (#3386538)
Maybe the Padres knew something was up, they stole bases on him in the 4th, 5th and 6th. Campbell seems to have been pretty good at base stealing but Neither Murrel nor Colbert at this pt, were good at base stealing, although Colbert later put together 2 pretty good seasons later.

Oh I forgot to add, Jerry May seems to have had quite an arm in those days, throwing out base runners in the high 40% (between '67- '70) if I am reading the stats correctly. I doubt if they were running because of him.

I never understood what happened to Nate Colbert, between age 23-26 he had 4 outstanding slugging seasons, between .460 to .509. Then the Ks just went up and he was quickly dealt around and out of baseball by the time he was 30 or so. I think he once hit 4 Hrs in a doubleheader or something???
   13. Athletic Supporter is trying to remember your name Posted: November 13, 2009 at 12:42 AM (#3386539)
Well. Done.
   14. Bruce Markusen Posted: November 13, 2009 at 12:58 AM (#3386558)
Colbert had chronic back problems that really started to take a toll in 1973. His career fell off badly, starting in his last season with the Padres, which led to him being traded to Detroit. He then bounced to Montreal and Oakland. He was never the same player.

In 1972, Colbert hit five home runs in a doubleheader against the Braves, tying a record set by Stan Musial. He did it in spite of wearing the awful Padres uniforms (brown and yellow) of that era.
   15. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: November 13, 2009 at 01:00 AM (#3386561)
That was great.
   16. Sunday silence Posted: November 13, 2009 at 05:09 AM (#3386691)
Various sources on the net have different versions of this. In some of them it is Ellis who tells his teammates that he has a "no no" going (not that Dave Cash tells Ellis). Which has further plausibility as one or two sites suggest that this is the source of that slang expression for a no hitter. Which also suggests he was not in the "peak" part of the trip but probably in the cruising stage or whatever they call it. His comments to the media after the game seem lucid.

He recalled that the bases were loaded "two or three times" but in reality they had 2 men on on three separate occasions.

He struck out the first two times up but actually made contact and grounded out in the eighth.

THere was only one ball hit to third baseman Bob Robertson, that in the second inning.
   17. phredbird Posted: November 13, 2009 at 05:40 AM (#3386708)
the artwork looks like it was done by raymond pettibon, and i mean that as a compliment
   18. jwb Posted: November 17, 2009 at 12:03 AM (#3389055)
   19. Downtown Bookie Posted: November 17, 2009 at 01:05 AM (#3389078)
Sign Our Petition to Have MLB Air the Dock Ellis No-Hitter!

Is there any evidence that a video tape of this game exists? Because I would love to see it, but I gotta figure the odds are against there actually being such a thing.

Another video taped Dock Ellis game that would be fun to see (again, presuming that such a tape exists) would be this game: May 1, 1974, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. Ellis was again tripping, and he got it into his head...well, it's hard to say for certain what he got into his head (besides the LSD), but Ellis decided that he needed to hit each Reds batter that day. Each batter. Each and everyone one.

So the game begins with Pete Rose getting plunked. Then Joe Morgan. Then Dan Driessen to load the bases. Somehow, someway, Tony Perez managed to avoid the four pitches that Ellis aimed at him, taking the base on balls for an RBI. Ellis then threw the next two pitches at the head of Johnny Bench, at which point Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh decided that Ellis had made enough friends for one day. The amazing thing about the whole episode is that there were no umpire warnings, no charging the mound, no fights breaking out; just everyone accepting the fact that the man on the mound was taking dead aim at everyone who stepped into batter's box, and that it was all just a part of the game. Man, would I love to see that game, if only to see the look on the faces of the Reds players as all this was happening!


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