Earl Welton Caldwell
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 178 lb.
- High School Holland (TX) High School
- Debut September 8, 1928
- Final Game September 15, 1948
- Born April 9, 1905 in Sparks, TX USA
- Died September 15, 1981 in Mission, TX USA
Earl Caldwell was in the majors three different times over a period of 20 years. His first time was in 1928 at age 23 with the Philadelphia Phillies. His 5.71 ERA doesn't sound like much, but it was the lively ball era and the Phillies had a team ERA that year of 5.56.
In 1944, Caldwell was the best pitcher on Bill Veeck's Milwaukee Brewers, going 19-5 for a team that won 102 games. That got him another shot at the majors, and he pitched there, with the Chicago White Sox from 1945 to 1948 as one of the oldest players in the league. As a reliever in 1946, he went 13-4 with 8 saves, at age 41 on a White Sox team that finished under .500. He finished his career with 8 games with the Boston Red Sox late in the 1948 season.
After his major league days he continued to pitch in the minors through 1953. His catcher in 1953 was his son Earl Caldwell Jr.. Caldwell managed the 1951 Harlingen Capitals, 1953 Lafayette Bulls, and 1954 Harlingen Capitals.
- Led 1941 Texas League with 281 IP
- Led 1942 Texas League with 305 IP
- Led 1951 Gulf Coast League with 2.21 ERA
- Led 1952 Gulf Coast League with 2.73 ERA
- Led 1953 Evangeline League with 2.07 ERA
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1951||Harlingen Capitals||Gulf Coast League||4-3||--||--||replaced Sam Harshaney (23-18) on May 21|
replaced by Sam Harshaney (49-36) on May 28
|1953||Lafayette Bulls||Evangeline League||68-69||4th|
|1954||Harlingen Capitals||Big State League||15-28||--||--||replaced by John Malgarini (5-2) on May 26|