Dock Ellis: Most Controversial Baseball Player

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Dock Ellis Summary Dock Phillip Ellis Jr., born March 11, 1945, was easily one of the most controversial baseball players of his era. Considered by some to be a “black militant,” Dock was forthright in his support of the civil rights movement, especially in relation to major league baseball and the amounting racial prejudice developing in the sport. Dock Ellis, in his twelve year career as a professional baseball player, played in two World Series with different teams, of which he won one with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971. However, it was not the baseball talent he exhibited on the field, but rather, his drug habit off and, in one instance, on the field that he became known for. Dock was exposed to alcohol at a very young age; however,
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