Eddie Rommel

Eddie Rommel
Birthdate 9/13/1897
Death Date 8/26/1970
Debut Year 1920
Year of Induction
Teams American League, Athletics
Position Umpire

Known as “The Father of the Knuckleball”, Eddie Rommel had a winning percentage that is higher than 35 Hall of Famer hurlers; he also had a 22-year AL umpiring career.

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Eddie Rommel had 27 wins for Connie Mack's 1922 Athletics squad that won just 65 games

Eddie Rommel had 27 wins for Connie Mack's 1922 Athletics squad that won just 65 games

Eddie Rommel won 37 games in two minor league seasons before getting called up to the Philadelphia Athletics in 1920. He found immediate success in his rookie campaign, winning 7 games with two shutouts, one save, and a 2.84 ERA. Over the next five years, Rommel won 100 games, averaging 283 innings
Rommel's knuckleball helped him to a winning percentage better than many HoFers

Rommel's knuckleball helped him to a winning percentage better than many HoFers

Eddie Rommel’s influence goes well beyond mere pitching statistics. When the phrase, “The Father of the Knuckleball” is Googled, Rommel’s name comes up. Though he didn’t invent the pitch, Rommel popularized it and brought it into the mainstream. In his 2009 book The Spitball/Knucklebal
His most memorable single-game performance came vs. Walter Johnson on Opening Day, 1926

His most memorable single-game performance came vs. Walter Johnson on Opening Day, 1926

Eddie Rommel had many big moments in his 35 years a a big league pitcher and umpire. Perhaps his most memorable single-game performance as a hurler came on April 13, 1926. Facing Walter Johnson on Opening Day at Washington’s Griffith Stadium, Rommel locked horns with The Big Train in an epic c
In the biggest comeback in World Series history, Rommel got the win and Lefty Grove got the save

In the biggest comeback in World Series history, Rommel got the win and Lefty Grove got the save

The biggest comeback in World Series history came in 1929 when the Philadelphia Athletics overcame an 8-0 deficit to win Game 4. It was a scoreless affair through the first three frames. In the top of the 4th Chicago’s Charlie Grimm slammed a two-run homer to open the scoring. Two innings late
In Rommel's final MLB win he gave up 29 hits, 9 walks, and 14 runs in 17 innings of relief

In Rommel's final MLB win he gave up 29 hits, 9 walks, and 14 runs in 17 innings of relief

Eddie Rommel’s final career victory came in a most unexpected and remarkable way. After pitching his way to 154 victories in the 1920s, Rommel’s career began to wind down in the new decade. Though he made 60 appearances in 1930 and 1931, only 19 came as starts. In ’31 Rommel establ
Rommel's second career in the majors came as an American League umpire for 22 seasons

Rommel's second career in the majors came as an American League umpire for 22 seasons

Edwin Americus Rommel was a big league twirler for 13 years. After his pitching career in the majors ended in October of 1932, Rommel was hired by Connie Mack as a coach. Then in 1935 Rommel managed an Athletics minor league affiliate to the Piedmont League championship. After facing a pay cut, Romm
Rommel's MLB umpiring career went from 1938-1959 & included many baseball highlights

Rommel's MLB umpiring career went from 1938-1959 & included many baseball highlights

Eddie Rommel’s work as an umpire allowed him to continue in the game he adored. Along the way he had many highlights. In 1953 he was the third base ump in the St. Louis Browns’ final contest before they relocated to Baltimore. The next season he called balls and strikes in the first game

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