His name memorialized on the walls of Edward D. Cawley Stadium in Lowell, Eddie Cawley gained a considerable reputation athletically not only in Lowell but also in the state of Maine, where he starred for Colby College.
A three-sport star at Lowell High School from 1909–1912, Eddie stood out in football, track, and baseball for the Red and Gray. He was the leading ground gainer and a top-notch defensive back and Captain of both the football and baseball teams in 1912.
Upon graduation from Lowell High School, Eddie, a standout shortstop, joined the Philadelphia Athletics under legendary Manager Connie Mack. After a brief stint in the Major Leagues, he enrolled in Colby College.
At Colby, Eddie once again became a multi-sport star, making his greatest impact on the gridiron. A four-year starter for the Mules, Eddie was a legitimate triple threat–passing, running and kicking as a quarterback, halfback, and fullback. Eddie was a standout on the legendary 1914 Colby team and captained the 1915 and 1916 Elevens. He capped off a brilliant career by being named an All-East selection and receiving Honorable Mention on Walter Camp’s All-American Team. Still the leading ground gained and scorer in Colby College history, Eddie was nominated for the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame in 1959.
Graduation/Class Year: 1912
LHS Sports Played: Baseball, Football, Track
LHS Sports Coached: LHS Athlete (only)
LHS Teacher or Admin:
LHS Sport Captain: Yes
College: Colby College
Professional/International/Olympic Sports: Philadelphia Athletics
Other Halls of Fame: National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame 1959
Other: Lowell Memorial Stadium renamed to Cawley Stadium