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 Post subject: R.I.P. Dock Ellis
PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:54 am 
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Dock Ellis has passed away at the age of 63. R.I.P.

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/sports&id=6565687

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 Post subject: Re: R.I.P. Dock Ellis
PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:07 am 
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That sucks. RIP Doc.


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 Post subject: Re: R.I.P. Dock Ellis
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I was a big Dock Ellis fan in the day. During a feeble attempt in high school to become a pitcher, I tried to pattern my windup after his. About 10-12 years ago, I was walking into the local Fry's grocery store and noticed a guy standing in the entrance who had a striking resemblance to Ellis. After thinking about it for a minute, I turned and approached him asking him if he was indeed Dock Ellis. He laughed and said he didn't think anyone would recognize him anymore. I told him of my love of the Bucs and thanked him for the time. HE was very cordial.

Does the players association not provide members with some sort of health insurance? That's sad.


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 Post subject: Re: R.I.P. Dock Ellis
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Ellis believed that the Reds were laughing at the Pirates in the 1974 season and looked down on the Pirate players. He decided to exact revenge, and hit the first 3 Reds batters in a game that season. He tried to hit the next 2, but could not. He was removed from the game after facing 5 batters - 3 HBP, one walk, two pitches that narrowly missed the 5th batter.

http://www.baseballreliquary.org/ellis.htm

Here is the box score for that game:

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1974 ... IT1974.htm


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 Post subject: Re: R.I.P. Dock Ellis
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In May 1974 -- in an effort to inspire a lifeless Pittsburgh team -- Ellis drilled Pete Rose, Joe Morgan and Dan Driessen in the top of the first inning. After walking Tony Perez, Ellis threw a pitch near Johnny Bench's head and was lifted from the game by manager Danny Murtaugh.


Boy how times have changed. Could you imagine Jeter, Arod, and Giambi all getting drilled in the first inning? And it was Murtaugh who did the lifting, not the ump!!


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 Post subject: Re: R.I.P. Dock Ellis
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I believe Doc was a featured speaker outside the Park for the green shirt/boycott.

Was always a favorite of mine. Hate to see these guys die off.


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 Post subject: Re: R.I.P. Dock Ellis
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I was a much bigger Blass and Briles (and later Ken Brett) fan, but I did always tug my genuine imitation gold and black cap down like Dock.

It is an awful shame that a man who did so much to positively impact young players with his anti-drug campaign will be forever remembered by the casual fan for the LSD game.

It is indeed hard to watch your heroes die.

How many from that '71 team are now gone? I can think of Clemente, Stargell,Moose and now Ellis.


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 Post subject: Re: R.I.P. Dock Ellis
PostPosted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 2:06 pm 
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Kingston wrote:
I believe Doc was a featured speaker outside the Park for the green shirt/boycott.


Yes, Dock (as well as myself) was there at the boycott. He gave a speech about "Pirate Pride" that was vintage Dock. May he rest in peace.

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