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Ewell Blackwell
(The Whip)

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Pitcher Ewell Blackwell earned the nickname The Whip for his sidearm delivery. He had his best season in 1947 with the Cincinnati Reds, going 22-8 with a 2.47 ERA and a National League-high 193 strikeouts. That year, he won 16 consecutive games and pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Braves on June 18th. In his next start, he came close to matching Johnny Vander Meer's feat of back-to-back no-no's, holding the Brooklyn Dodgers hitless again until Eddie Stanky singled in the 9th inning. The Dodgers added another hit, but Blackwell ended up with a win in a two-hitter.

Blackwell was a six-time All-Star with the Reds and was the starting pitcher in the 1947 All-Star Game. He was traded to the New York Yankees in the heat of the 1952 pennant race, and started Game 5 of that year's World Series for the club, in spite of going 4-12 overall for the year, pitching five innings without figuring in the decision. He retired during the next season but made a brief comeback in 1955 with the Kansas City Athletics.

Blackwell died of cancer at age 74.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 6-time NL All-Star (1946-1951)
  • NL Wins Leader (1947)
  • NL Strikeouts Leader (1947)
  • NL Complete Games Leader (1947)
  • NL Shutouts Leader (1946)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 3 (1947, 1950 & 1951)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1947)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1947, 1950 & 1951)
  • Won a World Series with the New York Yankees in 1952

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