The key to having a truly memorable pitching performance is doing drugs like Jesse Pinkman before you take the bump. Dock Ellis was scheduled to toe the rubber against the San Diego Padres for a Friday night game. So he figured that he was good to take a hit of LSD on the Thursday before. According to his recollection he took a hit around noon. An hour and a half later his friends' girlfriend enlightened him that it was actually Friday and he was due to pitch in four hours. To us it sounds like a "Don't Do Drugs" setup, but days switching may just be a fairly routine problem for those who drop acid.
During the outing Ellis claimed that he couldn't "feel the ball [or] see the batter and catcher." He threw a no-hitter whilst plunking a couple Padres and walking eight. In a couple of memorable hallucinations Ellis "saw" Richard Nixon as the home plate umpire and Jimi Hendrix as a batter using a guitar as a lumber substitute. We'd be more impressed by Dock's performance if it came against anyone except the 1970 Padres who finished 39 games out of first place.