Nov 17, 2009

The Dock is In!

So all you need to know about this brilliant animated short from James Blagden is that there was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates named Dock Ellis who pitched a no-hitter back in 1970 while on LSD.  One of my favorite all-time baseball stories.

And who said drugs were a recent problem with baseball?

UPDATE: Amazing how this happens, but a dude who smells like a wet dog just told me that today (yesterday) is the birthday of LSD! was first synthesized on November 16, 1938.  Far out!


Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. He really did wear hair rollers.


sybil law said...

Wow! That is an amazing story!!
Hilarious, too.
Drugs can be sooo cool. Wait What? Did I say that?

Water Logged Canine said...

I like how the "hallucinogenic" properties weren't discovered until 5 years later. Begs a few questions:

1. What were they doing with it for 5 years?

2. How did they "discover" its trippy nature?

3. Why is that pile of dust in the corner buzzing?

4. I'm not paranoid. Are they still after me?

Dr Zibbs said...

I always thought this was an urban legend. This is great.

And I love how the video was put together too.

Seals said...

My favorite part is when he says, "I was high as a Georgia pine."

I love that. :D

Verdant Earl said...

Sybil - Dock Ellis was a unique soul.

Doggie - To answer question #2, he accidentally absorbed some thru his skin. Then he decided to take a full dose and ride his bicycle home. On a day that will forever be remembered as "Bicycle Day". You can't make this stuff up.

Zibbs - I spent some time on that artist's website and I'm hooked. He is brilliant! And yes...true story.

Seals - Hey! Long time! I love that part too, but I love the "Well, what happened to yesterday?" part. Cracked me up.

white rabbit said...

Let's bake it a cake.

And put on paper hats.

And sing 'happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuu...

happy birthday dear 9,10-Didehydro-N,N-diethyl-6-methylergoline-8ß-carboxamide

Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuu...'

Oh shit, it was yesterday. Maybe a belated birthday card would be ok?

Cricket is supposedly about the only game you can play well stoned - probably baseball would be ok in this respect too. Viv Richards was one of the greatest players the game ever produced and he would go out to bat completely off his face regularly - and murder the bowling.

I remember seeing him on tv and thinking - ummmmm - the whites of his eyes are seriously RED!!!

wv: ousnad

May the ousnad be with you.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Un. Fricken. Believable.

Verdant Earl said...

Wabbit - I could see playing cricket on drugs. No wait...I meant I could see watching cricket on drugs. Ah, the old "make fun of the other guy's sport" gambit. I crack myself up.

Candy - Couldn't see the batters...incredible.

justsomethoughts... said...

great post.
made me think of me bill the spaceman lee.

and my word verification is "wowrowe".
no doubt something dock said more than once during the game.