Monday, December 19, 2016

Remembering Dock Ellis


A few years ago, I read that Dock Ellis died:

"Dock Ellis, the former major league pitcher best remembered for his flamboyance and social activism as a member of the great Pittsburgh Pirates teams of the 1970s, died Friday of a liver ailment in California, his former agent, Tom Reich, confirmed.

Ellis was 63.

Ellis spent 12 years in the majors with Pittsburgh, the New York Yankees, Oakland, Texas and the New York Mets.

He retired in 1979 with a record of 138-119, but was best known for several colorful incidents on and off the field.

His wife, Hjordis, told The Assocaited Press he died at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles."
Dock Ellis was actually a pretty good pitcher, although everyone remembers him for being a bit outspoken on political issues.


Wonder how much he'd be making today? Ellis won 19 games with the 1971 Pirates that won the World Series. He also played with Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente on that team.


Like so many others, Ellis missed the big money that came with free agency in the late 1970's.


My biggest memory is watching Dock Ellis give up a mammoth home run to Reggie Jackson in the 1971 All Star game. This is the shot that hit the lights.


Rest in peace Dock Ellis!

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