Sport: Like Falling Out of a Tree

He was a ringer for Ichabod Crane. From a slouchy, 6 ft. 5 in. frame, Ewell Blackwell's arms dangled almost to his knees. When he wound up and pitched sidearm, he was so awkward that another player remarked: "He looks like he's falling out of a tree." Last week the awkward one, up to the majors for his second year (after three seasons in the Army), shuffled out to the mound in Cincinnati to face the league-leading Boston Braves in his first night game of the season.

By the sixth inning, 18,137 fans were getting as anxious as Boston's batters, who had...

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