RICHMOND, Va. -- Dock Ellis’ acid-aided no-hitter is common baseball lore, but this lesser-known incident which saw him go headhunting against the Reds more aptly describes the mercurial player's character ... because it was intentional.
He was a force of nature, wild and unpredictable, and would never back down from any slight, perceived or otherwise. It’s difficult to imagine a player like him in today’s Major League Baseball.
In the past, I’ve referenced the rock band The Baseball Project for their song “Harvey Haddix”, about the greatest game ever pitched and the unfortunate result. Their take on this incident, “The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads,” is quite worth a listen as well … though they take a little creative license with where exactly the Reds players were hit!
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