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Lot # 16: 1962 Hall of Fame Induction Signed Baseball with Jackie Robinson

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Offered is this outstanding 1962 Hall of Fame induction signed baseball. First ballot Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Bob Feller were enshrined along with Veterans Committee selections Edd Roush and Bill McKechnie on July 23, 1962. This Official American League (Harridge) ball is EX-MT+ with just one very small spot. Interesting to note that Eddie Rommel must have brought his own ball to be signed as this ball dates from the 1950s but was clearly signed at the 1962 induction and features nine (9) signatures including Rogers Hornsby, George Sisler, Lefty Grove, Bill Terry, Bill McKechnie, Eddie Rommel, Jackie Robinson, Bob Feller and Jimmie Foxx. Hornsby is on a panel all by himself and displays as a single-signed ball. Signatures rate 7-8/10.

 

Ed Rommel had the unusual distinction of being a top-flight Major League pitcher, for the Philadelphia A’s (1920-1932), and then becoming a successful American League umpire (1938-1959). What a baseball life! What a great situation for him as a collector! Rommel, regarded as the father of the modern knuckleball, won 171 games, twice led the American League in wins, and pitched in a World Series. As an umpire, he took part in two World series, becoming only the third man to both play and umpire in the World Series. In between his long stints as a Big League pitcher and umpire, Rommel spent several years as a major league coach, a season as a minor league manager, and two years as a minor league umpire. Thus, Rommel was around baseball almost continually for forty years, and his long playing and umpiring careers gave him tremendous access to players and managers. As a collector, Rommel knew baseball personages from the early days of baseball through players who debuted in the 1950s and played into the 1970s. Thus, Rommel’s likeable personality and baseball connections meant that he could obtain practically any autograph or photo he desired. Thus, from Cobb and Hornsby and Home Run Baker; from Connie Mack, Ruth, Gehrig, and Foxx; from Mantle, Ted Williams, and Jackie Robinson, Ed Rommel obtained great autographs on baseballs and photos from players and managers who were only too happy to oblige their friend. A wonderful, unique find.

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