Dock Ellis’ LSD-Baseball HTML5’d
ESPN hat eine schöne HTML5-Story über Dock Ellis, dem ersten und einzigen Pitcher in der amerikansichen Baseball-Liga, der einen No-Hitter auf LSD warf. Die Story hatte ich schon ein paar mal hier, einmal als die Animation unten und dann eine Aktion, in der sie ein Baseball-XBox-Game auf LSD gespielt hatten.
It was a Friday. That much is certain. June 12, 1970. Three years after psychedelic Pied Piper Timothy Leary invited America to “Turn on, tune in and drop out.” Four years before Richard Nixon’s resignation marked an inglorious denouement to the counterculture era. The middle of things. A purple haze. The perfect moment for the first and only known no-hitter in major league history pitched under the influence of lysergic acid diethylamide, thrown by the first and only player in major league history to inspire both a biography penned by a future American poet laureate and a seminal article in High Times.
Six hours earlier, Ellis had been in Los Angeles, nursing a hangover, dazed and confused, enjoying what he thought was his day off. […] Ellis rented a car. Dropped a tab of acid. Drove north to his hometown, Los Angeles. He showed up at the home of Mitzi, the girlfriend of an old childhood buddy, Al Rambo.
The two drank screwdrivers. Smoked marijuana. Talked through the night. Eventually, Ellis fell asleep. Possibly for an hour. Probably less. Around noon — maybe earlier — he took another dose of LSD. Meanwhile, Mitzi flipped through a newspaper. “Dock, you better get up,” she said. “You gotta go pitch!” “What are you talking about?” he said. “I pitch tomorrow.”
Mitzi gave him the sports page. Ellis scanned the newsprint. Padres-Pirates. Doubleheader. Friday. Today. Game time: 6:05 p.m. Game 1 starter: Ellis, D.
“Oh, wow,” he said. “What happened to yesterday?”