Earl Caldwell

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Earl Welton Caldwell

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Biographical Information[edit]

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.

After years in the minors, Caldwell came back to the majors from 1935 to 1937 with the St. Louis Browns. He then went back to the minors.

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.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
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

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