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​The Day That Doc Went Hunting Heads

This song is by The Baseball Project and appears on the album 3rd (2014).

Now we all know the story
Of what Dock Ellis did
How he threw a no-hitter
When he took a little trip

That was amazing and true
Though it was somewhat accidental
But let's not forget the game
When Dock really went mental

The Pirates season was humbling
They came out of the gate stumbling
Dock had had enough
In the clubhouse he was grumbling:

"Cincinnati is treating us
Just like a dog kicked to the curb
Well this dog's got some bite left
And it's going to hurt"

Down went Rose, down went Morgan, down went Driessen
He took one right in the organ
Dance, dance, dance, dance, Tony Perez!
Then two at Johnny Bench, that was enough for the Reds

Yeah, it really happened that way
That's what really happened the day
Oh, the day Dock went hunting heads

Now the ump didn't toss him
Though he had really crossed a line
He wasn't fined or suspended
That was such a different time

Danny Murtaugh had to pull him then
But Dock's message rang loud and clear
A few pundits have opined
That was the turning point in the Buccos' year

Down went Rose, down went Morgan, down went Driessen
He took one right in the organ
Dance, dance, dance, dance, Tony Perez!
Then two at Johnny Bench, that was enough for the Reds

Yeah, it really happened that way
That's what really happened the day
Oh, the day Dock went hunting heads
Oh, the day Dock went hunting heads

Now you know I'm not saying
You young hurlers should try it
And if you claim you're just wild
The men in blue will never buy it

And if you think taking LSD
Might help you throw a no-hit game
You might consult a good drug counselor
In fact, that's what Dock became

Down went Rose, down went Morgan, down went Driessen
He took one right in the organ
Dance, dance, dance, dance, Tony Perez!
Then two at Johnny Bench, that was enough for the Reds

Yeah, it really happened that way
That's what really happened the day
Oh, the day Dock went hunting heads
Oh, the day Dock went hunting heads
Oh, the day Dock went hunting heads

Band NotesEdit

Since we started this band, more fans have exhorted us to sing about Dock Ellis than any other subject—and for good reason. (Bill Lee runs a close second.) We always politely replied that Dock and his LSD no-no have been well done, by Barbara Manning long ago and Todd Snider more recently, not to mention the absolutely brilliant animated short by No Mas (over 3 million views!). But it felt like fair game to tackle a lesser known but no less jaw-dropping Ellis performance. We take you now back to May 1, 1974… Enjoy the trip!