The New York Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Dock Ellis from the Texas Rangers at the June 15th trade deadline in 1979 for fellow pitchers Mike Bruhert and Bob Myrick. Ellis was very successful pitcher and former All-Star with the Pittsburgh Pirates in the early part of the 70’s but he was also known for erratic and volatile behavior. He threw a no-hitter with the Pirates in 1970, but admitted years later that he was high on LSD at the time.
He made his Met debut on June 18th and pitched a solid game allowing two runs over six innings, but would suffer a no decision in a game the Mets would lose 3-2 in 18 innings. From that point on Dock Ellis did show signs of his former self but for the most part pitched like someone who had little left in the tank. In 17 games, 14 of which he started, Ellis posted a 3-7 record with an astronomical ERA of 6.04.
Since the Mets did not plan on bringing Ellis back for the 1980 season, they sold him to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who were in the middle of a pennant race with the Montreal Expos, on September 21st. He pitched in a handful of games for the Pirates before retiring after the season.
While with the Mets Ellis wore number 35.
Dock Ellis also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1968-1975,1979
New York Yankees – 1976,1977
Texas Rangers – 1977-1979
Oakland A’s – 1977