“On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 136 years of baseball history, only 276 no-hitters have been recorded. Dock is the only pitcher to ever claim he 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 widest bell bottoms and the broadest collars. When he put on his uniform, he was one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 1970s.”
Roberto Clemente poses with his sons Luis Roberto, Roberto Jr., and Enrique Roberto before the Pirates game against the San Diego Padres at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh on June 18, 1972. A 12-time All-Star who also won 12 Gold Gloves, two World Series titles, four batting titles and the 1966 NL MVP award, Clemente made his major league debut 60 years ago today. (Neil Leifer/SI)
Sid pitches for The Pirates, and Geno is a Russian quarterback for The Steelers. They are both a fan of each other, though they’ve never met before. But when they finally do, on some Pittsburgh based charity events, they spent the time awkwardly fanboying over each others play and wishing they both have the others skill.
Roberto Clemente waits on deck during a Pirates game against the Chicago Cubs on May 23, 1967 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. A 12-time All-Star who also won 12 Gold Gloves, two World Series titles, four batting titles and the 1966 NL MVP award, Clemente was born 81 years ago today. (Walter Iooss Jr. for SI)