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Lot # 40: 1959, 1966, and 1969 Baltimore Orioles Team Signed Baseballs (3)

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For all you Baltimore fans out there are these three outstanding Orioles team-signed balls. Collection includes: 1) 1969 American League Champion Baltimore Orioles with 27 signatures; Earl Weaver, Bill Hunter, Frank Robinson, Curt Motton, Mark Belanger, Don Buford, Pete Richert, Andy Etchebarren, Brooks Robinson, Merv Rettenmund, Tom Phoebus, Bobby Floyd, Charlie Lau, Mike Cuellar, Ellie Hendricks, George Bamberger, Paul Blair, Boog Powell, Official American League (Cronin) ball is EX and may have seen some game use. Signatures average 7/10. 2) 1966 World Champions Baltimore Orioles with 26 signatures; Hank Bauer, Harry Brecheen, Curt Blefary, Boog Powell, Jim Palmer, Moe Drabowsky, Russ Snyder, Gene Woodling, Sam Bowers, Andy Etchebarren, Frank Robinson, Paul Blair, Bob Johnson, Sherm Lollar, Brooks Robinson, Andy Etchebarren, Stu Miller, etc. Official American League (Cronin) baseball is VG and appears to be game used while signatures average 6-7/10. 3) 1959 Baltimore Orioles with 25 Signatures, Paul Richards (SS), Hoyt Wilhelm, Steve Barber, Willie Tasby, Ronnie Hansen, Brooks Robinson, Bill Klaus, Jim Gentile, Gus Triandos, Jack Fisher, Jack Brandt, Walt Dropo, Gene Woodley, Milt Pappas, Bob Boyd, Official American League (Harridge) ball is NRMT while signatures average 7/10.

 

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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