There was a time when Blackie was as close to unbeatable as a pitcher can get.
- Reds broadcaster Waite Hoyt
Ewell Blackwell was born in Fresno, California, and made his Major League debut on 21 April 1942 wearing No. 44. He switched to No. 47 at the start of the 1946 season in a possible harbinger of what the next season would entail. In 1947, Ewell Blackwell led the National League in wins (22) and strikeouts (193) and was the starting pitcher in the All-Star Game. On 18 June 1947 he no-hit the Boston Braves, and in his next start, an attempt at back-to-back no-no's was broken up in the ninth. Nicknamed "The Whip" for his side-armed snap delivery, Blackwell was named to six consecutive All-Star teams (1946-1951) and compiled 79 wins in eight seasons with the Reds. He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1960.