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Lot # 8: Hall of Fame Induction Signed Baseball with Frank Baker (PSA 8 Signatures)

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Offered is this outstanding Hall of Famers signed Official American League (Harridge) ball (NRMT) with 11 beautiful signatures. Signed during the 1950s at the Hall of Fame or an Old Timers Day event, this remarkable ball features the signatures of Tris Speaker (SS), Paul Waner, Frank Baker, Mickey Cochrane, Chas Gehringer, Lefty Grove, Jimmy Foxx, Joe Cronin (twice), Ray Schalk and Carl Hubbell. Signatures have been graded "8" by PSA. 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.

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