Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 7/1/12
Ewell Blackwells work record for the eight years he was employed as a pitcher by the Cincinnati Reds was not the stuff to catch the eyes of historians.He was only two games over .500, 79 up and 77 down. But his earned run average was 3.32 and opposing batters who had to face his sidearm delivery that earned him the nickname, The Whip, knew that the 6-foot-6, 195-pound California was no leisurely day next to the swimming pool.During his time with the Reds, they never finished above .500, usually losing between 80 and 90 games.But Blackwell proved his abilities in his All-Star game appearances. Managers named him to six straight All-Star games from 1946 through 1951 and he didnt disappoint.It all began in 1946, the first game after World War II and it turned into a personal celebration for Ted Williams in his home Fenway Park. Williams went 4 for 4 and drove in five runs, including a home run off an ephusbloop pitch by Rip Sewell.The American won, 12-0, and Blackwell gave up two runs ...
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