Ewell "The Whip" Blackwell, who came within two outs of pitching consecutive no-hitters for the Cincinnati Reds in 1947, has died at his home in Hendersonville. He was 74.
The cause of the death was not released Tuesday.
The 6-foot-6 Blackwell was nicknamed "The Whip" for his side-armed delivery. In 1947, he set a National League record for right-handers when he won 16 consecutive games.
During the streak, Blackwell tossed a no-hitter against the Boston Braves on June 18. On June 22, also against the Braves, he came close to duplicating teammate Johnny Vander Meer's 1939 feat of pitching consecutive no-hitters. Eddie Stanky ended Blackwell's bid with a broken-bat, one-out single in the ninth.