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Fun Cards: Topps Now TBTC for April 15

Today’s Reds highlights are brought to you by Frank McCormick, Ewell Blackwell, Gary Nolan, Cesar Geronimo, Sal Butera, Dave Concepcion, and Eric Davis.

Take special note of Concepcion’s highlight. I really wish I could have found a photo of the actual event.

McCormick

Blackwell

Nolan

Geronimo

Butera

Concepcion

Davis

2009 Topps Ewell Blackwell

A six-time All-Star for the Reds from 1946-1951, Blackwell came in second in MVP voting in 1947 when he led the league with 22 wins and 193 strikeouts. In 1947, Blackwell pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Braves. In his next start, he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Brooklyn Dodgers before giving up a hit to Eddie Stanky. Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer is the only pitcher in big league history to pitch back-to-back no-hitters, accomplishing the feat in 1938.

In 2007, Ralph Kiner called Blackwell the best right-handed pitcher ever. It is not clear how Kiner defines the word “ever.”

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