Howard Ehmke

Howard Ehmke -circa 1920

Howard Ehmke

Howard Ehmke was born and raised in Silver Creek and became nationally known when he was Manager Connie Mack's surprise choice to start on the mound for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1929.

Ehmke's 15-year major league career was with Boston, Detroit and Philadelphia and he compiled a 167-166 record. His best season was 1923 with Boston when he won 20 games and threw a no-hitter against Philadelphia.

Ehmke was a veteran hurler with only 55 innings of action during the 1929 season when Mack picked the right-hander to start the World Series opener. Ehmke struck out 13 Cubs for a record that stood for 24 years until Carl Erskine of the Brooklyn Dodgers broke it in 1953. The A's won that World Series opener 3-1 and it was Ehmke's last victory.

Ehmke lived in Philadelphia where he died in 1959. He was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.

Howard Ehmke - 1923 Lections card

The Northern Light, May 2000

Chicago Daily News negative
collection, Chicago History

Howard Ehmke with Bob Shawkey of the
NY Yankees, 1924. Shawkey would
become manager of the Jamestown
Falcons in 1950.

Library of Congress Prints and
Photographs Division
[reproduction number, LC-DIG-ggbain-35776]

video courtesy Greg Peterson

Howard Ehmke

Howard Ehmke with Buffalo Federals

Howard Ehmke with Boston Red Sox

Front and back views of a 1929 World Series Game 1 ticket. That was the game in which Connie Mack surprisingly named Howard Ehmke his starter. Ehmke thanked his skipper for his confidence by defeating the Cubs and setting a World Series record with 13 strikeouts

donation to CSHOF courtesy Greg Peterson

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This CSHoF inductee played on the college football all-star team that defeated the defending NFL champion Detroit Lions.


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