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Donald Eugene Cardwell

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[edit] Biographical Information

Pitcher Don Cardwell signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an 18-year-old in 1954 and reached the majors with the team in 1957. He spent a little more than three years with the club, most of the time as a member of their starting rotation, before being traded to the Chicago Cubs early in the 1960 season. He pitched a no-hitter in his first game as a Cub on May 15th of that year. With the Cubs in 1961, he had his best big league season, winning 15 games and striking out 156.

Following the 1962 campaign, Cardwell was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, who in turn sent him to the Pittsburgh Pirates a month later. He later played for the New York Mets and was a member of the starting rotation of the 1969 Mets club that won the World Series. During the Mets miracle comeback of 1969 where they won 38 of their last 49 regular season games, Cardwell won 4 of 5 decisions with a 1.53 ERA. He ended his career with the Atlanta Braves in 1970.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1961)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 4 (1960, 1961, 1963 & 1965)
  • Won a World Series with the New York Mets in 1969

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