Sep 8th, 2014
On an evening in June 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In all of baseball history, Dock is the only pitcher to ever claim he accomplished this feat while high on LSD.
During his 12 years in the major leagues, Dock lived the expression “Black is Beautiful!” He wore curlers on the field. He stepped out of his Cadillac wearing the widest bell bottoms and the broadest collars. When he put on his uniform, he was one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 1970s.
Dock was often at the forefront of controversy and was an outspoken leader of a new wave of civil rights in sports.
After retiring, Dock became as outspoken about his career-spanning substance abuse issues as he had been about intolerance. He spent his last decades utilizing his brash approach as a counselor, helping other addicts in their recoveries.
On the eve of its theatrical release, we viewed limited footage from No No: A Dockumentary. Listen in to the discussion that followed with director Jeffrey Radice and preeminent sports agent Tom Reich. A fascinating evening in the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse...