The father of the modern knuckleball, Rommel used it to win 19 games as a starter
and another 8 in relief for the 1922 Athletics to lead the AL with 27 wins. He led
the league in victories again in 1925 with a 21-10 mark for the A's. He led the AL
in relief wins in three different seasons. When the Athletics scored 10 runs in the
seventh inning of Game Four of the 1929 WS to overcome an 8-0 Cubs lead, Rommel got
the win in relief. In his final season on July 10, 1932, the Athletics defeated the
Indians 18-17 in an 18-inning marathon. Rommel pitched 17 innings of relief and earned
the win despite giving up 29 hits, 8 walks, and 14 runs. He served 22 years as an
AL umpire. One of his more unusual calls came in a 1957 game. Boston had Dick Gernert
on third with one out and Gene Mauch
at bat. Mauch grounded to the first baseman
who stepped on first and threw home. Mauch threw up his hands and deflected the ball.
Rommel declared both Mauch and Gernert out for Mauch's interference.