Wednesday, June 16, 2010

MLB Inside Edition: Ranking the Most Desirable Dirty Dozen Artifacts

Part 4 of 13

10 Catcher's Reflective Tape Used in Dock Ellis' 1970 No-Hitter

The late Pittsburgh Pirates hurler joined baseball immortality by tossing a no-hitter in 1970. Later, Dock Ellis admitted to being high on LSD during the game and battled in his mind everything from distorted vision to the baseball changing in size.

Ellis was particularly wild that day, walking eight and hitting a batter during the "masterpiece." Due to his pitcher's altered consciousness, Pirates catcher Jerry May wrapped his fingers with reflective tape to help Ellis determine the pitch call.

Animator James Blagden created the following short video to tell the amazing, infamous story.

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