Offered is this remarkable Hall of Famer signed ball. This Official American League (Harridge) baseball (NRMT-MT) is very clean, has a near-perfect label and features an astounding 14 signatures including Mickey Cochrane, Ed Walsh, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Gabby Hartnett, Bill Terry, Dazzy Vance, Al Simmons, Bill Dickey, Paul Waner, Pie Traynor, Carl Hubbell and the only non-Hall of Famer, George Wiltse. Believed to have been signed at the Hall of Fame or Old Timers game in the 1950s, this ball is complete with the original Reach packaging. PSA graded "8" signatures.
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.