If it seems almost routine to throw a no-hitter now, then consider one that was not.Who knows what really happened, but it's Ellis's own voice that's the soundtrack of this animation by James Blagden:
Forty years ago, Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates raised the degree of difficulty to new, well, heights. He threw a no-hitter with Richard M. Nixon calling balls and strikes and Jimi Hendrix, wielding a Fender Stratocaster instead of a Louisville Slugger, digging in at home plate.
Or at least that is what he thought while pitching under the influence of LSD.
And here's the Robin Williams interpretation: