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Benjamin Caldwell Cantwell

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[edit] Biographical Information

Ben Cantwell pitched 11 seasons in the major leagues, all in the National League. Most of his career was spent with the Boston Braves.

His most notable year was in 1933 when he went 20-10 ,but only two years later, in 1935, he was 4-25 with the Braves. Even so, his 4.61 ERA in 1935 was the best on the team among pitchers who started a majority of their games. The following year, 1936, his 3.04 ERA was far below the team ERA of 3.94.

Ben had attracted attention while in the minors going 24-5 for Sanford in 1926 and 25-5 for Jacksonville in 1927. After his major league days he had some more good years in the minors, with a 12-7 record (1.65 ERA) for Jersey City in 1937 and a 13-5 record (2.56 ERA) for Oakland in 1940.

Cantwell was at the University of Tennessee at the same time as Hunter Lane. Lane played with the Boston Braves in 1924, while Cantwell didn't come to the Braves until 1928.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1933)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1933)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1933 & 1935)

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