New World & Psychedelic Pitcher Dock Ellis, a great combo!
Baseball experts & New World remember Dock Ellis and his LSD No-Hitter
New World Distribution is proud to announce that a deal has been struck to be the distribution partner for new film No No: A Dockumenatary.
On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 136 years of baseball history, only 276 no-hitters have been recorded. Dock is the only pitcher to ever claim he accomplished his while high on LSD.
During his 12 years in the major leagues, Dock lived the expression “Black is Beautiful!” He wore curlers on the field. He stepped out of his Cadillac wearing the widest bell bottoms and the broadest collars. When he put on his uniform, he was one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 1970s.
Dock was often at the forefront of controversy and has been called the “Muhammad Ali of Baseball.” He was an outspoken leader of a new wave of civil rights in sports, when black athletes were no longer content to accept second-class treatment or keep their mouths shut about indignities. For this, the press labeled him a militant.
After Dock retired from baseball, he was as outspoken about his addictions to alcohol and amphetamines (aka “greenies”) as he had been about racial prejudice during his career. He spent his last decades using that blunt honesty as a counselor helping other addicts, until his death from liver disease in 2008.
Since then, the Internet has fueled the legend of Dock Ellis. This is the first time his legend – and the story of the man behind it – is told in No No: A Dockumentary feature film, with interviewees ranging from former teammates Dave Cash, Al Oliver and Steve Blass to the Ellis family in Southern California and the kids Dock worked with in the correctional system.
Offering guidance during the filming process was an “advisory committee” that seems both appropriately and implausibly all over the map—it includes Ellis’s former big league contemporary Scipio Spinks, South By Southwest founder Louis Black, and legendary punk photographer Glen E. Friedman, whom Ellis befriended at a ballgame when Friedman was a kid (there’s a picture of them together on Friedman’s website).
We may not see Dock Ellis’ like again, but we won’t have reason to forget him anytime soon. Join us in welcoming Chris Cortez and No No: A Dockumentary to the NWD family!