Friday, September 05, 2014

No-No: A Dockumentary about Pirates Pitcher Dock Ellis plays @ Harris Theater

A film about one of Baseball's great characters

From Entertainment Weekly

"Dock Ellis was an All-Star pitcher for the powerhouse Pittsburgh Pirates teams of the early 1970s, but he’s best known for a rather dubious athletic feat. On June 12, 1970, he pitched a no-hitter, one of only 286 in the history of the game. But most likely, his gem was the only one recorded while under the influence of LSD."
Few people probably lived life harder or experienced more than Dock Ellis.

"I pitched every game in the major leagues under the influence of drugs."
So says Dock Ellis, the Pittsburgh Pirate who threw a no-hitter while tripping on LSD. "N0-No: A Dockumentary" is an intelligent look at Ellis' up-and-down career and the treatment of African American baseball players in the mid-'60s and '70s.
Ellis could be considered their unofficial spokesman. He was a black militant and controversial: He got in trouble for wearing curlers, and considered himself theMuhammad Ali of baseball."

After years of abuse, even Ellis admitted he had a problem. and became an addiction counselor. How much did the death of his close friend, Roberto Clemente  affect him?

Harris Theater
September 5 to September 18
  • Showtimes for Sept. 5-11
  • Fri: 7:30 | Sat: 5:00 & 7:30 | Sun: 3:00 | Mon-Thur: 7:30

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