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Calvin John Eldred

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Pitcher Cal Eldred was in the majors for 14 years, posting a career record of 86-74, while suffering numerous injuries during his career. He was signed as a 1st round pick in the 1989 amateur draft by the Milwaukee Brewers and scouts Steve McAllister and Dick Foster.

He originally burst upon the major league scene winning 13 of his first 15 decisions for the Brewers in 1991 and 1992. Oddly, he then went exactly .500 four years in a row, from 1993 to 1996, going 16-16, 11-11, 1-1, and 4-4. Later, he went 10-2 for the division-winning Chicago White Sox in 2000 and had winning records for division-winning St. Louis Cardinals teams in 2004 and 2005. Eldred retired following the 2005 season.

In 2008, he was working in the St. Louis Cardinals front office with the title "Special Assignment to the General Manager".

He was nicknamed "Corn Field" because of his Iowa roots. He threw a fastball, curve and change-up.

"Cal has been a leader on and off the field. He carries himself like a professional, so younger guys like myself can learn from him." -Jim Parque

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