Caudill was a fireballing reliever who saved 106 games while demonstrating pitching
proficiency and a wonderful sense of fun. He was nicknamed "The Inspector" by his
Mariners teammates when he "investigated" their bats, sleuthing for hits that were
mysteriously missing. Caudill would come in from the bullpen to the Pink Panther
theme. During a one-sided game against the Blue Jays, Caudill emerged from the dugout
between innings with one-half of his beard shaved off. After setting franchise records
for saves, Caudill was traded to a stronger Oakland team, where he had a 36-save
season in 1984. Toronto traded Alfredo Griffin and Dave Collins for Caudill and
him to a hefty long-term contract with the expectation that he would be Toronto's
first genuine bullpen ace. But because Caudill's arrival in Toronto conicided with
the sudden emergence of Tom Henke, he didn't get much opportunity to establish himself
as a closer. He had shoulder problems that ended his career after a couple of seasons
with the Blue Jays. His attempts to catch on with the A's and Indians were unsuccessful.
»August 24, 1980:
Nolan Ryan holds the Cubs to two hits in nine innings to give the Astros their 10th straight victory, 2–1, winning over Bill Caudill. Jose Cruz homers. During the streak, the Houston bull pen has thrown 37 2/3 shut out innings.
»August 27, 1984: Dave Kingman hits a double and homer to help Oakland score seven runs in the 7th inning, but that's all the A's score in losing to the Yankees, 7–6. Bobby Meacham has two homers, including the game winner in the 8th, to back Dave Righetti's relief win. Bill Caudill loses.