The 1958 New York Yankees season finished with a record of 92-62, won their 24th pennant and finished 10 games ahead of the Chicago White Sox. In the World Series, they defeated the Milwaukee Braves in seven games. From this incredible season is this 1958 New York Yankees team-signed OAL (Harridge) ball (NRMT-MT) featuring 26 signatures including Yogi Berra (SS), Mickey Mantle (clubhouse) (SS), Enos Slaughter, Marv Thornberry, Bob Grim, Elston Howard, Don Larsen, Ryne Duren, Norm Siebern, Tony Kubek, Bill Skowron, Tom Sturdivant, Hank Bauer, Andy Carey, Sal Maglie, Bob Shantz, Jerry Lumpe, Art Ditmar, John Kucks, Darrell Johnson, Ed Ford and more. One of the nicest 1958 Yankee team balls we've seen, the signatures range 8-9/10, and comes with original Reach bag.
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.