This has to be one of the most underappreciated and under recognized moments in sports history. But 50 years ago today on June 12th, 1970 Doc Ellis threw a no-hitter while tripping on LSD for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
— George Jarjour (@gjarjour) June 12, 2020
New York Post — When he woke late that morning, he tried putting the details together from the night before, but in those days, for Dock Ellis, that wasn’t always easy. He knew the Pirates had landed in San Diego early Wednesday night after playing a noon game at Candlestick. He had permission from his manager, Danny Murtaugh, to drive to L.A., his hometown.
The rest … that was a little blurry. Anyway, he was eager to enjoy a full day off before getting back to the grind. He looked around the house to see if his host had anything … interesting; it was 1970. Of course she did. It was just before noon when he crushed the LSD tab, snorted it, waited for the show to kick in.
“What are you doing?!” his host exclaimed. “You have to pitch tonight!”
“Nah,” Ellis told her. “I don’t pitch till Friday.”
“It is Friday!” she said, opening the newspaper to the sports section and, sure enough, there was his name. Now he was really confused.
“What happened to Thursday?” he asked.
If this isn’t one of the most 1970s sports stories of all time I don’t know what it is. The best part is if you actually look at the box score this was one of the sloppiest no hitters of all time. The dude walked 8 batters and only struck out 6.