Dock Ellis, who infamously claimed he pitched a no-hitter for Pittsburgh under the influence of LSD and later fiercely spoke out against drug and alcohol addiction, died Friday. He was 63.
His wife, Hjordis, said he died at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles after battling liver disease.
"I've been in this business for 40 years and there was never a more standup guy," former agent Tom Reich said.
Ellis went 138-119 with a 3.46 ERA from 1968 to 1979, spending most of his career with the Pirates. He went 19-9 in 1971 when Pittsburgh won the World Series. He made his only All-Star Game appearance that summer when he was tagged for one of the most memorable home runs in All-Star Game history, Reggie Jackson's monster shot off the light tower at Tiger Stadium.
In 1970, he overcame eight walks to pitch a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader at San Diego. Several years after he retired, the righthander said he was high on LSD during the victory.
Ellis played on four Pirates teams that won the NL East and also pitched for the New York Yankees, Oakland, Texas, and the New York Mets.
He was traded with Willie Randolph and Ken Brett from the Pirates to the Yankees for Doc Medich after the 1975 season. He was 17-8 in 1976 for the Yankees and won a game in the AL championship series against Kansas City, but was beaten in Game 3 of the World Series by Cincinnati.