This is one of the stranger stories of the 1960s psychedelic culture.
Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Dock Ellis thought he had a few days off and decided to take LSD.
In that era, this sort of thing was not a completely uncommon occurrence.
Unfortunately, a few hours after taking the mind-altering drug, he got a call informing him that he was pitching that night in a doubleheader against the San Diego Padres.
With trepidation, he got himself to the ball park and started warming up.
Not surprisingly, a strange thing happened. He believed the ball was talking to him, telling him what pitches to throw.
“I can only remember bits and pieces of the game,” he admitted years later. “I had a feeling of euphoria. I was psyched.”
Afterward, he didn’t dare admit what he’d done, and he never pitched on LSD again.
Years later, after his 11-year pitching career was over, he was treated for drug dependency and became the head of an anti-drug program in Los Angeles.