Offered is this immaculate Hall of Famers Signed baseball with Ty Cobb. This Official American League (Harridge) baseball (NRMT-MT) has perfect labeling and features 12 incredible signatures including Jimmie Foxx, Chas Gehringer, Mickey Cochrane, Tris Speaker (SS), Wahoo Sam Crawford, Ty Cobb, Joe Cronin, Frank Baker, Lefty Grove, Ray Schalk, Paul Waner and Carl Hubbell. Signed in the 1950s, this outstanding ball still even has its original Reach packaging. Signatures have been graded "8" by PSA. Comes with PSA LOA.
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.