Pitching a no-hitter is one of the most difficult feats in sports. Pitching a no-hitter while under the influence of LSD, well, that's even harder. Yet, on June 12, 1970, that is exactly what Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis allegedly did in recording a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres at San Diego Stadium. Of course, there was no drug testing back then and it was only years later that Ellis admitted the "unusual circumstances" related to his success that day. According to an interview he gave to the press in 1984, Ellis stated that he did not know that he was going to pitch that day. He was actually still in Los Angeles that morning as the team traveled to San Diego to play a twi-night doubleheader against the Padres. Ellis said he took the LSD at noon and it was only afterwards that his girlfriend looked at the sports page and noticed that he was scheduled to pitch the first game. She then rushed him to the airport where he caught a flight to San Diego, arriving at 4:30, just one and a half hours before game time. In his own words, Ellis then recounted his memories of that night:
I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria. I was zeroed in on the (catcher's) glove, but I didn't hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters and the bases were loaded two or three times. The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn't hit hard and never reached me."
Whether it was true or not, Ellis' performance that night was certainly one for the books and he will forever be remembered as the first and only pitcher to record a no-hitter while on acid. Offered here is a very rare full ticket to that historic contest (the first we have ever seen). The ticket, which is for "Wheel Chair" access in the loge level, measures 5 x 1.5 inches and is in Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $533