(October 23, 1922 - October 29, 1996) was a right-handed starting pitcher
in Major League Baseball
. Nicknamed "The Whip" for his sidearm, snap-delivery, Blackwell played for the Cincinnati Reds
for most of his career (1942, 1946–1952).
He is considered to have been one of the greatest pitchers of his era, and starred in a six-year streak in the All-Star Game
from 1946 through 1951. He also played with the New York Yankees
(1952–1953) and finished his career with the Kansas City Athletics
On June 18, 1947, Blackwell pitched a 6-0 no-hitter
against the Boston Braves
. In his next start, June 22, against the Brooklyn Dodgers
, he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, trying to tie the achievement of his veteran Reds teammate Johnny Vander Meer
from nine years earlier, of throwing consecutive no-hitters. However, the no-hit attempt was broken up Eddie Stanky
. The Reds won the game 4-0, but not before Blackwell, in frustration, issued a stream of racial slurs
at Jackie Robinson
.Miller, Patrick. Sport and the Color Line: Black Athletes and Race Relations in Twentieth Century America
, 2003. p 176.Robinson batted after Stanky and was in the middle of his first major league season.
In a 10-season career, Blackwell posted an 82-78 record with 839 strikeouts
and a 3.30 ERA
in 1321 innings pitched
. In 1960, he was inducted into the......