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Ewell Blackwell, 'The Whip,' Dies

October 30, 1996|Associated Press

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — Ewell "The Whip" Blackwell, who came within two outs of pitching consecutive no-hitters for the Cincinnati Reds in 1947, has died at his home in Hendersonville. He was 74.

The cause of the death was not released Tuesday.

The 6-foot-6 Blackwell was nicknamed "The Whip" for his side-armed delivery. In 1947, he set a National League record for right-handers when he won 16 consecutive games.

During the streak, Blackwell tossed a no-hitter against the Boston Braves on June 18. On June 22, also against the Braves, he came close to duplicating teammate Johnny Vander Meer's 1939 feat of pitching consecutive no-hitters. Eddie Stanky ended Blackwell's bid with a broken-bat, one-out single in the ninth.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Friday November 1, 1996 Home Edition Sports Part C Page 11 Sports Desk 2 inches; 51 words Type of Material: Correction
Baseball--A story in Wednesday's editions on the death of former Cincinnati pitcher Ewell "the Whip" Blackwell incorrectly identified the team the Reds were playing when Blackwell just missed his second consecutive no-hitter in 1947. Blackwell had one out in the ninth inning against the Brooklyn Dodgers when Eddie Stanky singled through Blackwell's legs.

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