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09

Sign Our Petition to Have MLB Air the Dock Ellis No-Hitter!


Dock EllisIt is time for me to put my money where my mouth is — metaphorically that is, I’m not going to eat money, that’s far too extravagant for me — the Slanch Report has started an online petition asking the MLB Network to air the Dock Ellis no-hitter he threw on June 12, 1970 against the San Diego Padres. The moment was a seminal piece of baseball history and is certainly as worthy of being rerun as the Mark Fidrych games the network showed earlier this year just before Fidrych’s unfortunate death.

Please PLEASE PLEASE join us in this cause and sign the petition below so we can all share in this special and fantastic moment of baseball history. THANKS!

SIGN THE PETITION HERE! AND PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND PASS THIS ALONG!

[Air the Dock Ellis No-Hitter]

*(UPDATE)*

I received an email from the folks over at MLB Network, our petition WORKED — well, in that it attracted their attention — unfortunately, they’ve searched their archives and MLB does NOT have any footage of the game. Or at least that’s what they claim. I did ask for them to air the Dock Ellis game where he tried to bean all the Cincinnati Reds and was thrown out after the 5th batter instead. They haven’t gotten back to me on that one.

So, MLB may not have footage but there has to be SOME SOMEWHERE right? Spread the word, check your attics, we MUST find this footage. And to everyone who signed or passed along this petition, all 1200+(!) of you, I am most most most incredibly thankful. You’re all heroes in my book.


23 Responses to “Sign Our Petition to Have MLB Air the Dock Ellis No-Hitter!”


  1. 1 the roomate
    November 13, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I was #7. SIGN IT PLEASE EVERYBODY!!!

  2. 2 youppi
    November 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I’m behind you, slanchreport! EXCELLENT IDEA!!

  3. 3 shatraw
    November 16, 2009 at 8:51 am

    slanch, keep this at the top of the page for a week. we need to get some signatures on this thing!

  4. 4 gunshy
    November 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I hear if you play “Dark Side of the Moon” it matches up perfectly with this game

  5. 5 Shanksy
    November 16, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    C’mon out Dock fans!

  6. November 17, 2009 at 10:35 am

    While this would in every sense—be a classic watch, and I certainly have no idea what Dock ingested. BUT: if it truly was LSD his depth perception ( not to mention reality perception ) would’ve been so far off, he couldn’t have found the mound, let alone pitched effectively. Unless he was coming off the trip from the night before. I’m well aware he played to the beat of his own drum, but this strains credulity. If he dropped the stuff prior to game time, best guess is, he was on some kind of pure crystal methedrine/heroin dose altering his sensory intake. Is there any anecdotal evidence of conversations he might’ve had during that game? or any one making note of his behavior?Still a legend though, and a great one 😉

    • November 17, 2009 at 10:54 am

      If you watch this video here

      https://slanchreport.com/2009/11/13/we-want-to-see-the-doc-ellis-acid-no-no/

      you’ll see in fact that he DID take acid that morning and that he also took some amphetamines before the game began which presumably helped him concentrate and focus just enough. While it was a no-hitter it certainly wasn’t perfect, Ellis walked a bunch of guys, threw some wild pitches, hit batters, but he did it all tripping and sans hits.

      • 8 jjr
        November 17, 2009 at 12:11 pm

        I’m not sure an animated cartoon would hold up as factual evidence. Dock did claim repeatedly (since 1984) that he was on LSD when he threw that no-hitter. Outside of his claims, there appears to be no further evidence. He did tell his biographer Hall in 1976 (for the first edition of the biography) that he was on LSD, which certainly lends more credence. This was outlined in the revisions to the 2d ed. of _In the Country of Baseball_.

        Even paying attention to the more full interview, you’ll note that he said that he dropped acid before leaving for LA from SD. He said he then dropped more in the morning of the day of the game. What time in the morning? He probably had no idea. He was at the tail end of a multi-day trip, and bolstered with “greenies” by the time he got to the mound (game time 2:13pm). He certainly did not dose just prior to the game.

        I seriously doubt there is any television footage of the game. I have researched extensively, and the best there appears to be is a home movie from the stands. It’s not even clear the game was televised. Keep in mind this was the opening game of a double-header, and the attendance was tiny.

      • November 17, 2009 at 12:25 pm

        Well, considering that LSD’s affects last for upwards of 8-12 hours, I’d think it’s pretty safe to say that Dock was still tripping balls when he was on the mound. Regardless, HE insists he was tripping, and really why would he lie about that? I’m very concerned that there isn’t any footage of the game, but just in case, we should all be pushing MLB to FIND SOME at the least. I wanna see what happens!

  7. 10 CP
    November 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    If we can’t see this game, I’d at least like to see the May 1, 1974 game when he tried to hit the entire Cincinnati lineup.

  8. 11 Fred
    November 17, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Sign me up

  9. 12 bc
    November 18, 2009 at 11:46 am

    There is no way in hell they would air that? How stupid van you people be?

    This is the U.S. Nothing interesting or ‘counterculture’ is allowed on our airwaves anymore- unless it’s aired under the premise of how “bad” it is.

  10. 13 Fred Fraco
    November 24, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Signer # 1200!!!! It’s go time MLB!

  11. 14 noteligrba
    November 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    HBO Sports has the footage, according to this 2005 article:

    http://www.dallasobserver.com/2005-06-16/news/balls-out/5

    • November 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm

      Oh man! Great find! WE HAVE TO GET THAT FOOTAGE ON AIR! I’ve already reached out to MLB network with this new piece of information, let’s hope something gets done.

      • 16 jjr
        December 23, 2009 at 1:05 am

        That’s the home movie. My best guess is short clip of super-8 from a fan in the stands.


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Sign Our Petition!

The Slanch Report has started an online petition asking the MLB Network to air the Dock Ellis no-hitter he threw on June 12, 1970 against the San Diego Padres. The moment was a seminal piece of baseball history and is certainly worthy of being rerun.

Please join us in this cause and sign the petition below so we can all share in this special and fantastic moment of baseball history. THANKS!
SIGN THE PETITION HERE! AND PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND PASS THIS ALONG!

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