You may have heard of Dock Ellis. He’s the Major League Baseball pitcher made infamous for throwing a no hitter on June 12, 1970 while a member of the San Diego Padres. What makes his story even more interesting isn’t just that it happened, but that it’s been illustrated and put on YouTube. After his career ended in the late ’70s, Ellis entered recovery, counseled people battling addictions, and became an outspoken advocate for players’ rights. So much so, in fact, that Jackie Robinson had to tell him to take it easy. Ellis died of lung disease in 2008 when he was only 63 years old.
This illustrated short is an interesting look into the drugs that were a prominent part of professional sports in that era, long before today’s concerns over performance enhancing drugs and stories of current players like Lamar Odom battling high-profile addictions.