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Edward William Cole born Edward William Kisleauskas

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 170 lb.

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Pennsylvania native Ed Cole spent fifteen active seasons in professional baseball in a career that spanned over 20 years from 1931 to 1951.

He tied for the 1932 Interstate League lead with seven wins. Three years later, he pitched the first Texas League perfect game, blanking the Tulsa Oilers. After spending his first six seasons in the minor leagues with three double-digit win seasons to his credit, he was taken on October 5, 1937 by the Cleveland Indians from the St. Paul Saints of the American Association in the 1937 Rule V Draft. He was then traded by the Indians along with Roy Hughes and Billy Sullivan Jr. to the St. Louis Browns for Rollie Hemsley on February 10, 1938.

The right-hander made his debut with the Browns on April 22, 1938. For the season, appeared in 36 games with the club, ending with a 1-5 record and a 5.18 ERA while pitching 88 2/3 innings. Cole would receive one more look by the Browns in late 1939, appearing in six games. He would lose both of his decisions and post a 7.11 ERA; he made his final appearance in the major leagues on September 24, 1939. His time in the big leagues showed a 1-7 record and a 5.31 ERA in 42 outings.

Cole spent the rest of his career in the minor leagues with eight different clubs in seven different leagues. He added six more double-digit win seasons to his record, giving him nine for his career. He won 18 games three times in his run, never quite making a 20-win season. In all probability, one could say his best year came in 1939 when he went 16-10 with a 2.70 ERA, giving up only 77 earned runs while pitching 257 innings for the San Antonio Missions of the Class A1 Texas League.

Cole finished out his baseball career at the age of 42 in 1951 with the Port Arthur Seahawks of the class B Gulf Coast League. He left the game with a 166-159 record while pitching 2,726 innings in 435 games.

Ed had also spent four years (1942-1945) with the United States Army during World War II. Edward William Cole passed away on July 28, 1999 at his home in Nashville, TN. He was 90 years of age.

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