RIP Dock Ellis

December 19, 2008 at 9:56 pm (Baseball, Life & Death, New York Mets)

The 1971 All-Star Game featured 17 future Hall Of Famers. Dock Ellis had as much, or more, natural talent as any of his teammates or opponents in that or any game ever played.

“Dock Ellis in the Country of Baseball,” is among the most open, honest, and interesting books I’ve ever read.

Dock past away today, at age 63, of liver disease.

He chose an interesting,  unique [if not always admirable] way of “going around the track of life.”

Here’s a picture of the former Met, Pirate, Athletic, and Ranger pitcher He’s pitching to Johnny Bench, and giving up a homer to Reggie Jackson.

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