*No No: A Dockumentary

Film Screening and Panel Discussion
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No No: A Dockumentary  (2014, 1 hr. 40 min.) This film profiles baseball pitcher Dock Ellis.  On June 12, 1970 Dock Ellis threw a no hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dock accomplished this while high on LSD.

During his 12 years in the major leagues, Dock lived the expression “Black is Beautiful!” He wore curlers on the field. He stepped out of his Cadillac wearing the broadest collars. When he put on his uniform, he was one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 1970s.

Dock was often at the forefront of controversy. He was an outspoken leader of a new wave of civil rights in sports. He felt athletes were no longer content to accept second class treatment or keep their mouths shut about indignities. For this the press labeled him a militant.

A panel discussion follows the film.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Lefty O’Doul Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Dusty Baker SABR Chapter and The Baseball Reliquary.

Related exhibit A Game of Color: The African-American Experience in Baseball.  Main Library, Skylight Gallery, January 13 – March 18, 2018.

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