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Lot # 30: 1959 American League All-Star Team Signed Baseball

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The 1959 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 26th playing of the Midsummer Classic between the American League and National League on July 7, 1959. The game resulted in a 5–4 victory for the National League. To commemorate the remarkable game is this OAL (Harridge) ball (NRMT w/a few small spots) with 32 signatures including Ted Williams, Nelson Fox, Bob Swift, Al Kaline, Tony Kubek, Casey Stengel (SS), Mickey Mantle (SS), Rocky Bridges, Ed Ford, Yogi Berra, Early Wynn, Ryne Duren, Bill Skowron, Bob Turley, Jackie Jensen, Frank Malzone, Bill Pierce, Bob Cerv, Eddie Didinier, Sherm Lollar, Harvey Kuenn, Elston Howard, Bill O'Ree, Mickey Vernon, Gil McDougal, and more. Signatures in blue pen average 8/10 and look spectacular.

 

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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