Dock Ellis

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1972 Topps #179 Dock Ellis

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Dock Ellis had his finest season in 1971, winning 19 games (including 13 straight) for the Pittsburgh Pirates and starting the 1971 All-Star Game. The Pirates won the World Series that year. He was often used as a pinch runner during his time with the Pirates. After a 3-8 start in 1974, he won 8 in a row; no Pirate would match that winning stretch until A.J. Burnett 38 years later.

After the Pirates, he moved on to the New York Yankees in 1976, winning 17 games as the team returned to the World Series for the first time since 1964. He won the American League Comeback Player of the Year Award that season. He then pitched for the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers and New York Mets before ending his career where it started, with the Pirates in 1979. He only pitched 3 games for them, in the heat of a pennant race at the end of the season, and the team won the 1979 World Series although he was not eligible for the postseason roster.

In 1989, he was a player/coach for the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the Senior Professional Baseball Association and went 0-2 with a 1.76 ERA as a part of the team's bullpen. In 1990, Ellis continued to pitch for the St. Petersburg Pelicans; in 5 games, he had a 0.00 ERA with 2 saves when the league folded.

He admitted to pitching a major-league no-hitter while under the influence of LSD. While he may have been a user of illegal substances in his youth, in his later years he was an addiction recovery counselor.

In 2014, he was the subject if a documentary film entitled No No: A Dockumentary, directed by Jeff Radice.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Dock Ellis (as told to George Vass): "The Game I'll Never Forget", Baseball Digest, May 1980, pp. 50-52.[1]
  • Donald Hall: Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball, Fireside Books, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 1989 (originally published in 1976). ISBN 067165988X

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