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. Ellis is the only pitcher to ever claim he accomplished his while high on LSD.
After he retired from baseball, Ellis was as outspoken about his addictions to alcohol and amphetamines 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.
Ellis 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.
“No No,” the first feature film about the man and his legend, screens Oct. 5 and 13 at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St., part of the annual Doctober documentary festival.
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Details: 360-647-1300, pickfordfilmcenter.org.