Wonderful 1929-30 vintage Eddie Rommel woolen Philadelphia A's uniform. The A's won the World Series in both 1929 and 1930. In 1929, Connie Mack's A's finished at 104-46. Rommel was primarily used in relief and he finished at 12-2 with a 2.85 ERA. The A's defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-games-to-1 in the World Series. The next season, Mack's A's went 102-52 for the season and again won the World Series, this time 4-games-to-2 over the St. Louis Cardinals. Rommel was again effective in relief, and he finished 20 games and had a 9-4 record with a 4.58 ERA. In 1931 the A's started wearing numbers and this has no number on the back and it never did. In 1929 the A's went to a different cap style like this one, so the uniform has to be 1929 or 1930 and was brought home by Rommel after one of the two seasons, making it almost certain that this was worn in the 1929 or 1930 World Series. In our opinion, this jersey is a TEN out of TEN, great condition with no rips or holes. Shows perfect use, but is not abused or dirty. It is 100% original. Home jersey has "A" in blue on white felt on the left portion of the chest. Piping is in great condition and has all original buttons. Sleeves have button holes for extensions. "Rommel" stitched in the collar with Spalding tag to the side. Cap is perfect also; white body with blue brim and blue "A" on the front, leather band inside with silver Spalding logo stamped in the band, "Rommel" also stitched in band and size "7" tag sewn in. Pants have Spalding tag in waist band and "Rommel" stitched in. Button fly has one button missing. Wool leggings are white with three blue stripes.
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.