Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No (James Blagden, 2009)

Spring training is upon us, bringing to mind another Wholphin favourite – Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No (James Blagden, 2009), a trippy firsthand account of the Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher’s 1970 no-hitter against the San Diego Padres.  Blagden was commissioned with the project by Chris Isenberg, who discovered a 2-hour interview of Ellis by radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel.  The interview, potentially Ellis’ last before passing away in late 2008, provides a moment-by-moment account of the right hander’s hallucinogen-powered triumph.  Candidly hilarious and cleverly depicted, Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No is a fitting tribute the one of the most notorious games in MLB history and one baseball’s great characters.

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