Drugs have become commonplace in baseball’s modern era. Many great feats in the past twenty years have been tarnished by allegations and accusations of the use of performance enhancing drugs.
We could run down a list all-day of some of the once great names who saw their careers derailed at the expense of steroids, HGH, amphetamines, booze, rock, blow, jazz-cigarettes, and the list could go on.
There is one story that stands out above them all, and it may be one of the least well-known. On June 12th, 1970 Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. It wasn’t until years later that Ellis admitted that he had pitched the game while under the influence of LSD!
I’m not so sure you could call LSD (that’s acid to the acquainted) a performance enhancer, whether it is or is not, Ellis’ achievement is nothing short of outstanding.
Read more on Ellis’ trippy no-hitter here.