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    Sep 15, 1972 - In a record-setting effort‚ the Reds and Padres combine for 28 strikeouts for a 9 inning game‚ the Padres winning 1-0‚ on Cito Gaston's 4th inning homer. Winning P Fred Norman strikes out 15‚ while Don Gullett fans 11 Pads. Pedro Borbon notches the other 2. Norman (9-9) notches his last win of the season and will finish as the only pitcher in history with fewer than 10 wins in a season with 6 shutouts (Ewell Blackwell was close in 1946 with 5 shutouts in 9 wins; in one win‚ he was ahead 2-0 when he was relieved after 8 1/3 IP).

    Apr 12, 1955 - After a huge civic parade‚ the Athletics open their first season in Kansas City with Ex-President Harry Truman throwing out the first ball. Bill Wilson hits the first-ever homer for KC and Bob Wilson for the Tigers answers. Alex Kellner‚ with relief from Ewell Blackwell‚ making his first appearance since 1953‚ picks up the victory in the 6-2 A's win. Ned Garver is the Tigers' loser.

    Mar 30, 1955 - The Yanks sell P Ewell Blackwell and Tom Gorman‚ plus reserve IF Dick Kryhoski‚ to the Kansas City Athletics‚ now in the AL‚ for $50‚000.

    May 16, 1953 - At Yankee Stadium‚ White Sox lefty pitcher Tommy Byrne pinch-hits for slugger Vern Stephens and hits a grand slam off Yankees reliever Ewell Blackwell to climax a 5-run 9th inning and give Chicago the 5-3 win. Stephens has 10 career grand slams: Byrne now has two.

    Sep 2, 1952 - Yankee hurlers Tom Gorman and Ewell Blackwell shut out the Red Sox 5-0 and 4-0 in a doubleheader.

    Aug 28, 1952 - The Reds send aging whip Ewell Blackwell (3-12) to the Yankees for P Johnny SchmitzErnie NevelBob Marquis‚ minor leaguer Jim Greengrass‚ and $35‚000. The Yankees get pennant insurance and the Reds receive Greengrass‚ a player that manager Hornsby spotted in the minors. In 18 games‚ Greengrass will drive in 24 runs.

    May 21, 1952 - After leadoff batter Billy Cox grounds out against Ewell Blackwell‚ the Whip loses his snap. The Dodgers then score 15 runs in the first inning as a NL record 19 consecutive batters reach 1B. Captain Pee Wee Reese walks twice in reaching base safely 3 times. Andy Pafko is thrown out trying to steal 3B‚ and Duke Snider mercifully strikes out to end the barrage against the Reds. The Dodgers score 15 runs on 15 RBIs in the frame‚ and coast at home‚ 19-1. Winning pitcher Chris Van Cuyk has the most hits with four-two in the first inning off Bud Byerly and Frank Smith‚ while Bobby Morgan has a pair of two-run homers and Snider another two-run homer. The Reds lone run is a homer by reserve catcher Dixie Howell.

    Aug 26, 1951 - Rookie hurler Niles Jordan of the Phillies blanks the Reds 2-0 in his first ML start. Jordan gives up three hits‚ the same number allowed by loser Willard Ramsdell. The Reds win the opener‚ 4-2‚ as Ewell Blackwell bests Robin Roberts.

    Aug 22, 1951 - At the Polo Grounds‚ the Giants win their 11th straight‚ again coming from behind to top the Reds‚ 4-3. Irvin homers in the 2nd off Ewell Blackwell‚ but it is Whitey Lockman's double in the 8th that wins it for reliever Sheldon Jones.

    May 15, 1951 - At Crosley Field‚ Braves P Vern Bickford pitches a 2-hitter‚ but Ewell Blackwell bests him by allowing one hit‚ as the Reds win‚ 1-0. Connie Ryan's 6th inning hit is the 1st off Bickford‚ and Johnny Pramesa's homer in the 7th is the other. The only Boston hit is a 5th inning double by Bob Elliott. The Reds tie the NL record (set in 1911) for 9 innings by going to bat just 24 times.

    Sep 24, 1950 - After the Reds win the opener against Pittsburgh‚ 7-1‚ behind Ewell Blackwell‚ the Bucs take the nitecap‚ 3-2‚ on Wally Westlake's steal of home on the front end of a double steal in the 6th inning. Murry Dickson is the winner.

    Sep 12, 1950 - Ewell Blackwell gives up just one hit‚ a run-scoring double in the 4th to Gene Hermanski‚ but the Dodgers whip the Reds ace‚ 2-1. Carl Erskine allows three hits‚ including a double by Blackwell and a home run by Ted Kluszewski. Hermanski and Snider drive in the two runs for Brooklyn.

    Sep 2, 1950 - Phil Cavarretta leads off the 9th with a single‚ the Cubs lone hit against the Reds Ewell Blackwell. The Whip strikes out 10 in winning‚ 5-1.

    Jul 1, 1950 - The Reds Ewell Blackwell has to go ten innings but finally beats the Cubs‚ 5-3‚ striking out 14 and allowing just two hits. One of the hits is Andy Pafko's 3-run home run in the 9th.

    Jun 25, 1949 - The 3rd-place Phils win their 9th in 12 games‚ beating the Reds‚ 6-5. The Jays‚ as the are stilled called in the papers‚ get successive homers from Del Ennis and Stan Lopata to back Ken Heintzelman's win over Ewell Blackwell. Robin Roberts relieves for the Phillies. Granny Hamner scores from 2B in the 6th on a Stan Lopata fly ball to RF Harry Walker.

    Jul 8, 1948 - The Reds Ewell Blackwell strikes out 13 Cubs at Wrigley Field‚ as Cincinnati wins‚ 4-0.

    Sep 3, 1947 - Ewell Blackwell hangs up his 21st win‚ defeating the Pirates‚ 13-6 before an overflow crowd of 37‚299 at Forbes Field. Blackwell K's 7 of the first 12 batters‚ and 12 overall‚ and is not scored upon till the Reds build a 7-0 lead. He allows just two hits‚ including Ralph Kiner's 41st homer. Eddie Miller and Benny Zientara homer for Cincy.

    Aug 8, 1947 - At Wrigley Field‚ Bill Nicholson breaks up a pitching duel between Johnny Schmitz and Ewell Blackwell with an 11th inning solo homer. The Cubs whip the Reds‚ 2-1. Nicholson also scores the Cubs first run‚ an unearned tally. Chicago helps Schmitz out with a 7th inning triple play when Len Merullo snags a liner‚ steps on 2B‚ and fires to Waitkus.

    Jul 30, 1947 - The New York Giants edge the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 10 innings‚ ending Ewell Blackwell's winning streak at 16 games‚ a NL record for right handers. All the games were complete games and five were shutouts. The Giants tie in the 9th on Willard Marshall's 27th homer.

    Jul 25, 1947 - At Cincinnati‚ Ewell Blackwell is battered for 13 hits‚ but wins his 16th straight game defeating the Phils‚ 5-4. The Whip fans 9 and issues no walks‚ the only walkless game in his win streak. He has gone all 9 innings in each of the 16 wins.

    Jun 30, 1947 - At Cincinnati‚ Ewell Blackwell strikes out 11 Cubs enroute to a 6-4 win. Blackwell has now won 10 in a row.

    Jun 26, 1947 - Ewell Blackwell posts his 10th straight victory‚ beating the Cards‚ 6-3. But the Birds snap the consecutive inning scoreless streak of the elongated Ewell‚ scoring in the 2nd frame when Galan misjudges a fly‚ an infield hit and a fly.

    Jun 22, 1947 - Ewell Blackwell just misses pitching back-to-back no-hitters when Eddie Stanky of the Brooklyn Dodgers singles with one out in the 9th inning. Stanky's hit ends Blackwell's hitless-inning skein at 19. Blackwell then gets Al Gionfriddo before Jackie Robinson bangs out a single. Blackwell wins 4-0‚ his 9th straight win to improve to 11-2. Joe Hatten hurls hitless ball for 4 2/3 innings before walking 4 in the 4th and the Reds score 3 in the 8th to chase him. In the nitecap‚ the Dodgers win 9-8 as Carl Furillo drives in 7 runs. His grand slam in the 4th caps a six-run inning.

    Jun 18, 1947 - Ewell Blackwell of the Cincinnati Reds no-hits the second-place Boston Braves at Crosley Field 6-0. The Braves had pounded out 55 hits in their previous 4 games. The Whip walks 4 and strikes out 3. The offense is led by newcomer Babe Young who blasts two three-run homers for Cincy. Rookie Frankie Baumholtz‚ who played in the NBA the previous winter‚ collects 4 hits and scores twice‚ while Grady Hatton adds 4 walks‚ a single and 2 runs scored.

    May 18, 1947 - Ewell Blackwell outpitches Mort Cooper to give the Reds a 2-1 win over the Braves. Red Barrett then outpitches Johnny Vander Meer‚ 3-1‚ to give the Braves a split for the day. Only a game and a half separate the first-place Braves from the 5th-place Pirates.

    May 14, 1947 - The Reds Ewell Blackwell whips the Dodgers‚ 2-0‚ handing Brooklyn its first shutout of the year. Jackie Robinson collects 2 of the Dodgers' six hits to run his hitting streak to 11 games.

    May 10, 1947 - At Cincinnati‚ Ewell Blackwell whips the Cubs‚ 5-1‚ to start a 16-game winning streak. He won't lose until July 25.

    Sep 14, 1946 - Ewell Blackwell blanks the Giants to give the Reds a 4-0 win. It is Blackwell's 6th shutout. He'll finish with a 9-13 record‚ a 2.45 ERA‚ and allow just one HR in 190 innings.

    Jul 31, 1946 - In Philadelphia‚ the Reds sweep a pair from the Phillies‚ winning 4-3 and 2-0. In game 2‚ Ewell Blackwell is lifted with one out in the 9th‚ and Harry Gumbert finishes the shutout. Blackwell‚ who will end the season with 9 wins‚ is often given credit for today's shutout‚ which would give him 6 for the year. Only Fred Norman‚ in 1972‚ will notch 6 shutouts with fewers than 10 wins.

    Jul 16, 1946 - The Phils manage just 4 hits off Ewell Blackwell‚ but hand the Reds pitcher a 2-0 defeat. Schoolboy Rowe gives up 5 hits in winning his 9th.

    Jul 12, 1946 - Johnny Sain just misses a perfect no-hitter when Grady Hatton's 1st inning pop ?y drops among three Braves behind 3B for a double. No one else gets on as the Braves win 1-0 in Cincinnati. Ewell Blackwell takes the loss.

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