Paul Otto Kardow (Tex)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 6", Weight 210 lb.
- Debut July 1, 1936
- Final Game July 4, 1936
- Born September 19, 1915 in Humble, TX USA
- Died April 27, 1968 in San Antonio, TX USA
Paul "Tex" Kardow pitched two innings at the age of 20 for the 1936 Cleveland Indians. He had a long minor league career and managed in the minors in 1939 and 1947.
The book Bob Feller focuses in depth on an exhibition game on July 6 when Feller pitched well against the St. Louis Cardinals and Kardow relieved. The game and Kardow are also mentioned in Bob Feller's Strikeout Story.
Kardow, from Texas, had been expected to sign with the local San Antonio team but Fargo manager Jack Knight convinced both Kardow and another local player, Gerald (Jerry) Feille, to sign with Fargo. On August 26, 1934 Kardow pitched a three-hit shutout for the team and also hit a home run and a double. In 1935, when he struggled, Kardow was sent for a while to a semi-pro league. This source also mentions an umpire named Kardow in 1941. Source: Northern League
Years later, Feille and Kardow would each manage Marshall for part of the 1947 season in the Lone Star League.