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DECEMBER 1, 2009

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Doc Ellis & the LSD No-No

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing about baseball and the use of performance-enhancing drugs, but consider this: In 1970, one major leaguer threw a no-hitter while high on acid and Benzedrine. Dock Ellis & the LSD No-No is the hilarious animated short that tells this truly incredible tale.

Featuring narration by Pittsburgh Pirate Dock Ellis himself (he recorded the interview for the radio program Weekend America in March of 2008 before passing away in December), Brooklyn illustrator James Blagden’s four-and-a-half-minute short cleverly matches the appropriate animated image to the story. “It was easier to pitch with the LSD because I was so used to medicating myself,” says Ellis, who thought at one point in the game he had made a touchdown. “That’s the way I was dealing with the fear of failure, the fear of losing, the fear of winning.”

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