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Flugin, a sandlot third baseman, started his son at the same position.
Ewell was a scrawny boy, standing only five-foot-five at age 13.
Cincinnati scout Pat Patterson gave the Blackwells what they wanted, and promised to assign the teenager to the Reds’ Class C farm club in Ogden, Utah, his mother’s hometown.
The sportswriter Red Smith wrote that Blackwell was “built like a slouchy flyrod, being composed largely of arms and neck and ears.” Another writer, Joe Williams, thought his delivery looked like “a Picasso impression of an octopus in labor.”2 Hitters thought he was trouble.
Rarely is a pitcher so fearsome that he can’t be ignored. For a single shining season, 1947, he was the most dominant pitcher on the planet, but he pitched for one losing Cincinnati team after another while fighting poor health and chronic shoulder pain.
He told his commanders about his experience working on military aircraft at Vultee, so, naturally, they made him a cook.
“I’d never boiled an egg in my life and could hardly make a glass of lemonade,” he said.5 Blackwell’s 71st Infantry Division arrived in Germany in January 1945.