Dock Phillip Ellis, Jr. was born 65 years ago today, on March 11, 1945, in Los Angeles. He pitched in the major leagues from 1968 - 1979, spending the first eight years of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. There were some memorable moments in Dock's career including starting on the mound for the 1971 All Star Game and being a key member of the '71 World Series Champion Pirates. Former Pirate Dave Parker once called Dock "one of the most intimidating pitchers in baseball." But like it or not, Dock will always be remembered for one thing.
We turn things over to our friends at No Mas to tell the story of June 12, 1970. Enjoy.
Pretty amazing, don't you think? And we're not just talking about Dock's accomplishment. How great is that video? We hope you like it as much as we do.
After stints with the Yankees, A's, Rangers and Mets, Dock returned to the Pirates in 1979 and soon retired. Upon retirement Dock returned to California where he started a career as a drug counselor. His counselor work included being hired by George Steinbrenner as a minor league drug counselor.
Dock passed away on December 19, 2008. Happy 65th Dock!