Benjamin Caldwell Cantwell
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 168 lb.
- School University of Tennessee
- High School Milan High School
- Debut August 19, 1927
- Final Game September 23, 1937
- Born April 13, 1902 in Milan, TN USA
- Died December 4, 1962 in Salem, MO USA
Ben initially caught the eye of John McGraw and the New York Giants while in the minors, going 24-5 for Sanford in 1926 and 25-5 for Jacksonville in 1927. He made 12 appearances in two seasons with the McGraw men before being bundled to Boston in a package for Joe Genewich. While Genewich washed out as a moundsman in 1930, Ben was just getting cooking. His best year was 1933, when he went 20-10 with a 2.62 ERA, 18 complete games and a pair of shutouts and saves in 40 games (252 2/3 innings). Just two years later, 1935, the tables turned and turned hard. He was 4-25, leading the NL in losses, while pitching to a 4.61 ERA with 13 complete games in 39 games (210 2/3 innings). Despite the hard luck, that 4.61 ERA was best on the team among pitchers who started a majority of their games. The following year, 1936, his final as a full-timer, his 3.04 ERA in 133 1/3 innings was far below the team ERA of 3.94.
After his major league days he had some more good years in the minors, with a 12-7 record (1.65 ERA) for Jersey City in 1937 and a 13-5 record (2.56 ERA) for Oakland in 1940. He died in Salem, MO at the age of 60.
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (1933)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1933)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1933 & 1935)