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Lot # 2: 1924 New York Yankees Team Signed Baseball with "Rookie" Lou Gehrig (PSA)

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1924 Yankees team-signed Ball With 24 signatures; Babe Ruth (SS), Bob Meusel, Wally Pipp, Walter Beall, Waite Hoyt, George Pipgras, Joe Bush, Lou Gehrig, M. Gaston, Sam Jones, Lefty Gardner, Herb Pennock, Bob Shawkey, Aaron Ward, Wally Schang, Everett Scott, Bennie Bengough, Harvey Hendrick, Al Mamaux, Joe Dugan, Whitey Witt, Shags Horan, Ernie Johnson. We only know of one baseball with an earlier Gehrig signature. We know that Gehrig's official rookie season was 1925 and having him on a 1924 ball is unheard of as he only played 10 games and played most of the season in the minors for Hartford. This is one of the finest 1920s Yankees team balls known to exist. We can honestly say that it is NRMT overall. Some very slight toning and a small nick. The labeling is dark and near-perfect. If there is a better one, we would like to see it. The signatures average 7-8/10 with some bordering on 9s. All are in black fountain ink. A truly remarkable relic. Comes with partial original Reach box. Comes with full Letter of Authenticity from PSA and there are NO CLUBHOUSE 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.

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