By Jim Campbell, friend of Dock Ellis.
In memory of my friend and classmate Doc Ellis, I was fortunate to talk with him one week before his death at his home in Apple Valley, CA. Docks biography in the link above.
Dock Ellis and I attended the same Jr. High School, and High School, we played ball together as kids.
We played against each other in little league, I was on the perennial championship Gardena Giants, Dock played for the Bodger Dodgers from Bodger Park, an all black team that was bussed in, as he was to school to play us.
Embarrassingly, this is the truth. Dock knew I was scared to death to come to bat, he was like a giant out there on the mound. So what did he do?
He got me aside between innings, and said, Jim, O.K. he called me “Nigga,” a term of endearment, we didn’t know anything about racism we knew we were friends.
So Dock tells me he’s going to put one right down the middle for me, keep my eyes open and when he yelled swing, hit the ball, I did and went on to be come a difficult to strike out punch and Judy hitter, i.e. singles from that point on.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Dock’s Rookie Baseball Card
Dock didn’t pitch in high school, we were on the same basket ball team where I kept the bench warm and he was an amazing point guard, he could dish the ball off or take it to the hoop. He was amazing.
I’m Jim Campbell and I approve this message.
Seriously, what the problem with pitching a major league baseball game all decked out with curlers in his hair to keep his Afro looking cool?
IN DOCKS OWN WORDS BELOW: JACKIE HAD WRITTEN HIM A HAND WRITTEN LETTER
Dock pitched a no-hitter on L.S.D. He told us about it during our ten-year high school reunion.
Robbin Williams on Dock’s NO Hitter on LSD.
Manny Sanguillen, Docks Catcher during their World Series Championship run and a good part of his career.
Indeed he did a lot of bad things but more good things.
Dock’s career ended prematurely because of drug and alcohol abuse.
He became a drug rehabilitation counselor before his death and hopefully helped a number of people.