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Lot # 32: Balance of Signed Baseballs from the Eddie Rommel Collection (12)

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Beautiful "bulk" collection of team-signed balls from the Eddie Rommel collection. Collection includes: 1) Old Timer's Game New York signed Ball with 11 signatures including Rollie Hemsley, Luke Appling, Tom Bridges, Red Rolfe, Roger Cramer, Lefty Gomez, Joe DiMaggio, Red Ruffing, Johnny Murphy, Ed Rommel and Goose Goslin. With original Reach box. 2) 1954 National League All-Star signed ball with 10 signatures including Charlie Grimm, Ted Kluszewski, Walt Alston, Leo Durocher, Frank Thomas, Jim Nelson, Geo Bell, Don Mueller, Marv Grissom and Del Crandall. With Reach bag. Overall NRMT. 3) Early 1960s, signed ball with eight (8) signatures including Roger Maris, Billy Hitchcock (SS), Jim Piersall, Whitey Ford, Charlie Keller, Jim Gentile, Norm Cash and Brooks Robinson. Overall EX. 4) Twins team ball from the 1960s with 25 signatures including Billy Martin, Tony Oliva, Frank Robinson, Jerry Kendall, Jim Perry, Mel Nelson, Jim Grant, Ted Willander and more. Overall NRMT. 5) World Series Umpires signed ball with six (6) signatures including Ed Rommel, Joe Rice, Geo Pipgras, Beans Reardon, Bill Stewart and Jocko Conlan. National League (Frick) ball is game used. Signatures are 6/10. 6) Single-signed ball of Mrs. Babe Ruth. Overall VG. 7) Old Timers signed baseball with 26 signatures including Rollie Hemsley (SS), Goose Goslin (SS), Luke Appling, George McQuinn, Doc Cramer, Geo Case, Bob Johnson, Joe Judge, Johnny Murphy, Pee Wee Reese, Bill Terry, Mayo Smith, Lon Warneke, Red Rolfe, Lefty Gomez, Lonny Frey, Al Schacht, Frank Costello and more. Overall EX-MT. From the 1960'. 8) 1960 Detroit Tiger signed ball with 27 signatures including Jimmy Dykes, Billy Hitchcock, Ed Lopat, Luke Appling, Red Wilson, Frank Lary, Al Kaline, Tom Ferrick, Norm Cash, Frank Bolling, Hank Aguirre, Tom Morgan, Dave Sisler, Jim Bunning and more. Overall VG. 9) 1938 All-Star Team Reunion baseball with 17 signatures including Joe Cronin, Lefty Gomez, Ernie Lombardi, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Medwick, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Bill Terry, Earl Averill, Lloyd Waner and more. Overall EX. 10) Philadelphia A's team ball with all clubhouse signatures. 11) 1959 White Sox team-signed baseball with 29 signatures including Early Wynn, Nelson Fox, Al Lopez (clubhouse), Bill Pierce, Ted Klu, Norm Cash, Jim Landis, Luis Aparicio and more. Overall NRMT. 12) Old Timers signed baseball with 16 signatures including Luke Appling, Red Ruffing, Goose Goslin, Lefty Gomez, Joe DiMaggio, Bob Feller, Bill Dickey and more. Overall EX.

 

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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