Eddie Rommel

Eddie Rommel
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Pitcher
Born: (1897-09-13)September 13, 1897
Baltimore, Maryland
Died: August 26, 1970(1970-08-26) (aged 72)
Baltimore, Maryland
Batted: RightThrew: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1920, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 17, 1932, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record171–119
Earned run average3.54
Strikeouts599
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Edwin Americus Rommel (September 13, 1897 – August 26, 1970) was an American right-handed pitcher and umpire in Major League Baseball. He spent his entire playing career (1920 to 1932) with the Philadelphia Athletics. He is considered to be the "father" of the modern knuckleball.

Early life and career

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Rommel pitched for the minor league Newark Bears in 1918 and 1919.[1] He was picked up by Philadelphia after manager Connie Mack saw him start both ends of a doubleheader for Newark. Although he was knocked out by the third inning in both contests, Mack purchased his contract after noting that Rommel's curveball was breaking on the inside rather than the outside.[2]

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