|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» May 10, 1947: At Cincinnati, Ewell Blackwell whips the Cubs, 51, to start a 16-game winning streak. He won't lose until July 25.
» May 14, 1947: The Reds Ewell Blackwell whips the Dodgers, 20, handing Brooklyn its first shutout of the year. Jackie Robinson collects two of the Dodgers' six hits to run his hitting streak to 11 games.
» May 18, 1947: Ewell Blackwell outpitches Mort Cooper to give the Reds a 21 win over the Braves. Red Barrett then outpitches Johnny Vander Meer, 31, 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.
» June 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 ninth inning. Blackwell then gets Al Gionfriddo before Jackie Robinson bangs out a second single. Blackwell wins 4-0, his ninth straight win to improve to 11-2. Stanky's hit ends Blackwell's hitless-inning skein at 19.
» August 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, 21. 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 Eddie Waitkus.
» September 12, 1950: Ewell Blackwell gives up just one hit, a run-scoring double in the fourth to Gene Hermanski, but the Dodgers whip the Reds ace, 21. 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.
» 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, 10. 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 National League record (set in 1911) for nine innings by going to bat just 24 times.
» August 22, 1951: At the Polo Grounds, the Giants win their 11th straight, again coming from behind to top the Reds, 43. 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.
» August 26, 1951: Rookie hurler Niles Jordan of the Phillies blanks the Reds 20 in his first ML start. Jordan gives up three hits, the same number allowed by loser Willard Ramsdell. The Reds win the opener, 42, as Ewell Blackwell bests Robin Roberts.
» 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 record 19 consecutive batters reach 1B. Captain Pee Wee Reese walks twice in reaching base safely three 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, 191. Winning pitcher Chris Van Cuyk has the most hits with fourtwo 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.
» 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 53 win. Stephens has 10 career grand slams: Byrne now has two.