Right hander Dock Ellis spent 12 years in the big leagues from 1968-1979, playing for a range of teams: Pirates, Yankees, Athletics, Rangers and Mets. He is famously known for throwing a no-hitter in 1970, and later admitting to the public that he was high during the game. After this incident Ellis sought the help needed to overcome his addiction and went on to help others.
He passed away in 2008 at the age of 63, but he left behind his legacy. It’s not always just the bad that people are remembered for; but for the good too, he helped many overcome their addictions through counseling. He was a character in the sense he represented both the negative and positives of fame. Most importantly I think Dock shows people that addiction can happen to anyone. Addiction has no preference in who it consumes, and the sad part about it, is it’s a neurological brain lapsing condition. Services through Seabrook have given many the tools needed to continue sobriety. For more information check out: www.seabrook.org.