No No: A Dockumentary

Synopsis: In the 1970s Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD and his outspoken style courted conflict and controversy, but his latter years were spent helping others recover from addiction. No No: A Dockumentary weaves a surprising and moving story of a life in and out of the spotlight.
Director(s): Jeff Radice
Production: The Orchard
  1 win & 3 nominations.
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100 min

You know Henry James

said to be one of those

on whom nothing is lost.

Dock was one on whom

nothing was lost.

(Crowd cheering and music)

(Crowd cheering and music)

Well, here

we are in the 7th inning.

Dock Ellis working

on a no-hitter.

Dock Ellis has put

nine men on the bases.

Eight walks and one hit batsman,

but three outs separate him

and a no-hitter.

Somewhere along the line, I'm

sure this is all being recorded,

so that we can have it for

dock if he throws the epic.

Looking out at the scoreboard,

he can see zero, zero, zero

where it says San Diego.

Dock Ellis:
During the time when

i was pitching the no-hitter

in San Diego, I really

didn't know...

I didn't see the hitters.

All I could tell was if they

was on the right side

or the left side.

As far as seeing the target, the

catcher put tape on his fingers

so I could see the signals.

But as far as seeing

the batters themselves,

i didn't really see

who they were.

I didn't really see

who they were.

( Star spangled banner playing)

The opposing team and my

teammates, they knew I was high,

but they didn't know

what I was high on.

They didn't really see it,

but I had the acid in me,

and I didn't know what I

looked like with that acid.

I had lost all concept of time.

[Distorted announcer commentary]

[Distorted announcer commentary]

It was easier to pitch with

the LSD because I was

so used to medicating myself.

That's the way I was dealing

with the fear of failure.

You know, if dock's pitching,

you know he's high.

How high is he?

( Star spangled banner playing)

I pitched every game

in the major leagues

i pitched every game

in the major leagues

under the influence

of drugs.

( Star spangled banner playing)




Dock Ellis pitched a

no-hitter on LSD.

Those who have taken LSD,

tell the others how hard

that might be.

You heard stories about him

that was wild stories,

but they really didn't

get the intellect of dock.

Oh, that's the dude used

to pitch for the pirates,

the acid guy.

Nah, it's cool.

You know.

I'm remembered.

You know, everybody

wants to be remembered.

Basically, one hell

of a pitcher.

The pirates,

in a world series

for the first time in 11 years,

start dock Ellis.

For the first time in 11 years,

start dock Ellis.

And there was no

cookie cutter persona to dock.

You never knew whether

he was serious,

whether he was kidding,

but he was always a guy

that had something to say.

He was probably one of the

most misunderstood people

in the game.

He done a lot of

damn good things

while he was doing

the bad things,

but no one... oh, no, no.

They don't pick that out.

They just pick the bad.

He understood playing,

but he understood,

I think, that he had

a better calling.

I think, that he had

a better calling.

I'm not one of those guys

that won 300 games

and a cy young award, but I was

a guy that was personable,

I was controversial.

My entire career I was

an angry black man.

I don't know.

I was there playing a dream of a

lot of people, but I was angry.

Dock, a militant,

black athlete.

He was a athlete,

and he was black.

He talked about race

but in a way that was

really accessible

and sort of logical.

He seemed to bend the rules

or chafe against authority

he seemed to bend the rules

or chafe against authority

a little bit.

There hadn't been a hell of

a lot of progress made

in terms of the comfort level

of players of color

since Jackie Robinson.

Dock was one of the most

impactful guys in regard

to those issues that has

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