Sunday, December 21, 2008

Dock Ellis 1945-2008

RIP kid.
12 Seasons. 138 Wins 119 Losses. ERA 3.46. World Series ring-1971.

Everyone knows what Dock Ellis was most famous for:
Throwing a no-hitter on June 12, 1970 on LSD against the Padres.
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Here's a couple lesser known facts:
-He beaned Reggie Jackson in the face in an apparent retaliation for a monstrous home run in the 1971 All Star Game. Jackson was carried off the field on a strecher and claims part of his face was numb for four (4) years.
-Attempting to hit every member of the Cinci Reds lineup to prove a point to teammates in 1974. Prior to the the game he went on record saying, "We gonna get down. We gonna do the do. I'm going to hit these motherfuckers!"
-Was maced by a Riverfront Security guard in 1972 in an argument while carrying a half-empty bottle of wine. Ellis displayed his world series ring but apparently this wasn't enough for the guard who claimed he didn't recognize Dock.
-In the minors, a fan was taunting him with racial slurs, Ellis went into the stands, and tried to hit him with a bat.

The guy had some balls.