Celebrate Opening Day w/ LSD and Todd Snider

Dock Ellis' LSD-Fueled No-Hitter Immortalized
In Todd Snider's "America's Favorite Pastime"

Just in time for opening day, Todd Snider shares one of the wildest stories in baseball history on "America's Favorite Pastime," a song from the upcoming album The Excitement Plan (out June 9, Yep Roc).

The song is inspired by the true tale of Major League Baseball player Dock Ellis, who pitched a no-hitter while high on LSD in 1970. Snider says, "He showed up to work completely prepared for something else entirely and yet, still did a great job at the job in front of him giving ill-prepared people everywhere someone to look up to."

Watch Todd Snider perform "America's Favorite Pastime" here:

The single will also be featured on the digital release The Homerun EP (out April 14, Yep Roc) alongside baseball-themed songs from other Yep Roc artists including Reckless Kelly, Young Fresh Fellows, and The Baseball Project (Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck, and Linda Pitmon).

The Excitement Plan is an album at once social commentary, gypsy recession recovery plan and soul-folk masterpiece. Street corner prophet and goodtime buddy, Snider has been championing the overlooked and underappreciated for more than fifteen years.

Self-awareness never sounded so good as Todd and crack sidemen Jim Keltner and Greg Liesz team up with Grammy-winning producer Don Was (Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones) for an album that exemplifies Snider's by-your-wits lifestyle and once-an-age lyricism.

Artfully combining an appreciation of what you already have with longshot hope for a happy ending, The Excitement Plan ranges from the boozy tonk of Loretta Lynn duet "Don't Tempt Me" to the earnest soul-searching of "Greencastle Blues." The brilliant "Money, Compliments, Publicity (Song Number Ten)" seems to sum up Snider in a song - gracious and grounded, yet longing to write a song or two that would warrant getting too big for his britches.

With The Excitement Plan, Snider may have done just that.

Yep Roc's exclusive box set edition of The Excitement Plan limited pressing of 500 units sold out in less than 48 hours after crashing the web store with the high traffic.

Todd Snider tour dates available here. And for more on Snider, check our exclusive feature/interview here.


[Published on: 4/6/09]

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thehurricane23 Mon 4/6/2009 05:38PM
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One of America's greatest stories from one of it's best storytellers...

BRAHnnie_lott Mon 4/6/2009 05:50PM
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saw todd snider this past weekend w/ymsb good times, good times

Road To Shambala Mon 4/6/2009 05:53PM
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Road To Shambala

Nice. There is also a band called Doc Ellis that are pretty good. I've even named a few fantasy baseball teams Doc Ellis D.

Wonka27 Mon 4/6/2009 06:11PM
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Damn, good song!

MoeString Mon 4/6/2009 06:12PM
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FUCKIN love Todd Snider. Caught a few shows with him and Yonder before, and my friend Videotaped his Todd Snider friends show In indianapolis a few months ago.. Wonderful times..

phishy100 starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/6/2009 06:57PM
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I was supposed to meet Todd in Boulder back in January, Vince had invited me to hang out but I got a kidney infection eating trumpet leaves in Belize. I would love to get my hands on that Todd Snider and friends video. I have the audio from that show. Can't wait for Todd to come back around the boulder area.

dogfleas starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/6/2009 07:04PM
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Todd is the man, he actually wrote this song several years ago but i guess finally decided to release it due to the death of Doc.

Keep up the good work Todd!

MoeString Mon 4/6/2009 07:30PM
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phishy100.. youve got mail...

We were gonna Hang with Vince, and Todd... or whoever, but too many people in one room at the hotel.


Mr. Brojangles starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/6/2009 08:23PM
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I can't believe I've never heard that story or that song, but both make me happy.

Treetophigh Mon 4/6/2009 09:08PM
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dude phishy....why the hell would you eat trumpet leaves??!!

johnnygoff starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/6/2009 10:37PM
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Phish to unveil their brand new studio tune: "Moonlight Graham" via the Fenway Scoreboard's whispering mantra. No one in attendance will hear the whispers due to "Sweet Caroline" being bellowed over Phish's "Dog Boy". Terrance Mann and his buddy's VW bus will get towed by Boston PD and the Helping Phriendly Book and it's keeper- Sloth & Lawn Boy will self-implode in the River Charles................Cowboy up bitches!

schofizzl Mon 4/6/2009 10:39PM
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rossco8 starstarstarstarstar Mon 4/6/2009 11:14PM
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I've read multiple accounts of this story (but never seen a box score) and some said he threw like 8 or 9 wild pitches. At one point the catcher walked out to talk to Doc, when he got half way to the mound he saw Doc pacing around the mound, sweating profusely, and laughing to himself. So the catcher turned around and walked back to the plate.

honkeyTRON starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/7/2009 12:57AM
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Classic. Great song, even better baseball story. You think acid would be considered a "performance enhancing drug"? Doc was one of the great characters of a bygone era, when baseball really was America's Pastime.

June 12, 1970 no-hitter--

As Ellis recounted it:

"I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I had a feeling of euphoria. I was zeroed in on the (catcher's) glove, but I didn't hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters and the bases were loaded two or three times. The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn't. Sometimes I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn't hit hard and never reached me."

The incident inspired the song "Dock Ellis" by indie rock singer Barbara Manning, as well as "America's Favorite Pastime" by folk singer Todd Snider.

May 1, 1974 game against Cincinnati--

Attempting to hit every batter in the Cincinnati Reds lineup on May 1, 1974. In an effort to prove a point to teammates, Ellis hit Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, and Dan Driessen in the top of the first. The clean-up batter Tony Perez avoided Ellis' attempts, instead drawing a walk, and after two pitches aimed at the head of Johnny Bench, Ellis was removed from the game by manager Danny Murtaugh. Ellis' box score for the game reads: 0 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.

May 5, 1972 macing incident in Cincinnati--

Arguing with and being maced by a Riverfront Stadium security guard on May 5, 1972. The guard claimed Ellis did not identify himself and "made threatening gestures with a closed fist"; Ellis countered that he was showing his World Series ring as evidence of his affiliation with the Pirates.

NittyGritty Tue 4/7/2009 07:00AM
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Todd Snider rocks! His show with YMSB in Dallas this past weekend was awesome. Anyone wants to hear it: http://www.archive.org/details/ymsb2009-04-02

Has great quality.

chidodger Tue 4/7/2009 07:15AM
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About 7 or 8 years ago I worked as "security" for a baseball card/sports memoribilia where my job for the day was basically being Doc Ellis' assistant, since he was signing autographs that day. First off, he was one of the nicest guys at the show (many former pro players, most of which were dickheads), however, he was NOT so cool to anyone that made any reference to his no-hitter on LSD. I don't think he was too proud of that, or at least having that be is MLB claim to fame. Anyhow, the only time he got pissed off at me that day was when I fucked up his lunch order, and found-out that he REALLY didn't like hotdogs without relish. Other than that, couldn't have been a better guy, very friendly.

Distraction_420 Tue 4/7/2009 07:42AM
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Good song, can't wait to see him at All Good.

Entangled Minds Clothing Tue 4/7/2009 08:16AM
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im glad to see snider getting around.

his small bar shows 5yrs ago were amazing.

hes filled w ideas and energy.

saw him at a zoo way back and he came out mumbling something like

"i wonder what was going on here before we came to do what were about to do now.." i dont think he opened his eyes once and stood barefoot on his tiptoes the whole show.

rainydayman Tue 4/7/2009 08:44AM
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copy cat......Chuck Brodsky wrote an almost identical song about Doc's "no-no" in 2002.

mykedakyke Tue 4/7/2009 11:04AM
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i once came in second place in a poker game on acid. ive heard of this incident in the past but never put a name on it.

Detroit Funk starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/7/2009 12:22PM
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Detroit Funk

I pitched a 3 hitter tweaking on adderall and after smoking a few joints in high school. never tried it on L though. doc ellis is a god among psychedelic athletes.

technopagan Tue 4/7/2009 12:22PM
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Anyone ever put his name on paper properly?


Ellis, D

rainydayman Wed 4/8/2009 08:15PM
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Good one technopagan

Ellis, D I get it.

joshgrasshopper starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/22/2009 06:44PM
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Saw Todd play this in wilmington the other night and it was by far the highlight of the night, The new album smokes! There is also clips of him doing it on youtube! Check it out, Josh