After taking the story of N.W.A to even greater heights, the father-and-son team of Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. are to bring the story of Dock Ellis to screens, telling the story of the acid-tripping pitcher in the big leagues.
Take a trip with Dock Ellis and Ice Cube
It’s no secret that taking a trip can lead to some fun times, with some that border on the incredible. But it really doesn’t get more incredible than the time baseball legend Dock Ellis became the first professional player – an assumption, of course, but a safe one – to play in the big leagues while on LSD.
That particular story of Ellis is one of many, which is part of the reason why there will be a movie about his life and times, which is being adapted for the big screen by Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (Cube’s son), the latter of whom is set to portray the former pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The day that Ellis pitched in a professional game while taking a trip took place almost 50 years ago, back in 1970, which has since been called one of the most important days in the history of the game. That’s because on the pitcher stepped on to the mound, where he went on to pitch a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres, all while tripping on acid.
But the real story is that nobody knew that Ellis was tripping. In fact, it wasn’t until the next decade that reporters who were at the game learned of what really went on, all of who couldn’t believe what they were hearing, or that it had happened that way.
To the big screen
Now, almost half a century after it happened, the Dock Ellis story is to be told. The movie is being developed by Cube and Junior, the father-and-son team who worked together on Straight Outta Compton, where Junior portrayed his father in the biopic.
According to Deadline Hollywood, it is also being produced by Cube and producers David Permut and Jeff Kwatinetz, with the script being written by Joey Poach.
But even though the story of pitching a no-hitter while on tripping on acid would seem to be enough to earn the title of a legend, Ellis is known for far more, having been a person that called out racism whenever he or others experienced it.
In a career that went into the double digits, Ellis eventually retired from the game, having played in the Major Leagues with the Pirates, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers and New York Mets. It was a career that also saw him never take the mound sober. Yeah, that’s right, Ellis went on to admit that he had never pitched a game sober.
That was one of the reasons why he sought treatment for alcohol and drug addiction early into his retirement, which led him to dedicate the rest of his life to counseling people who also suffered from substance abuse, especially those who were professional athletes.