Dock Ellis had a respectable Major League Baseball career.
Ellis pitched 12 seasons and compiled a 138-119 record, with a 3.46 ERA. He was talented pitcher, but became known more for his antics than his play on the field.
Despite making the All-Star team and finishing fourth in Cy Young award voting in 1971, he is most known for his June 12 no-hitter; mainly because he was soaring on LSD when he tossed it.
The story has been told countless times in a number of ways. There has been an animated/narrated retelling of the story, as with Dock Ellis and the LSD No-No.
There have been documentaries made, like No No: A Documentary. And now, there will be a biopic.
Currently in the works is a biopic about Ellis and that day on June 12, 47 years ago. The film is still in production, but O’Shea Jackson is currently pegged to play Ellis in the role. Jackson stared as Ice Cube in the film Straight Outta Compton, in which he portrayed his real life father.
The story of Ellis throwing a no hitter while high on LSD is one of the favorites among off-beat baseball lore fans. But there is a chance it never happened. Reporters who covered the Pirates at the time aren’t totally sold that Ellis was really pitching while high on LSD.
Whether he was or wasn’t can’t ever be known. But everyone hopes its true, because it’s too fun to end up being a lie.