From BR Bullpen
Howard Jonathan Ehmke (Bob)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- Debut April 12, 1915
- Final Game May 22, 1930
- Born April 24, 1894 in Silver Creek, NY USA
- Died March 17, 1959 in Philadelphia, PA USA
 Biographical Information
He is best remembered as the surprise starter and winner of Game One of the 1929 World Series. With the Athletics and Chicago Cubs leading their respective leagues comfortably at the end of the 1929 season, A's manager Connie Mack sent Ehmke on the road to scout the team's World Series opponent from the National League. He then surprised everyone by naming the 35-year old Ehmke, who had gone 7-2, 4.24 in only 11 games that season, to start the Series opener. Using the wisdom of his 14 major league seasons and the information on Cubs hitters gathered during his scouting assignment, Ehmke dazzled his opponents, striking out a then-record 13 batters in pitching the A's to a 3-1 complete game victory.
 Notable Achievements
- AL Innings Pitched Leader (1924)
- AL Complete Games Leader (1925)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 6 (1919, 1920, 1922-1924 & 1926)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1923)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 8 (1917, 1919, 1920 & 1922-1926)
- 300 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1923 & 1924)
- Won a World Series with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1929
 Further Reading
- Joseph L. Reichler: "Iron Arms", in The World Series: A 75th Anniversary, Simon and Schuster, New York, NY, 1978, pp. 30-31.