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Lot # 5: Vintage Signed Photographs to Eddie Rommel (39)

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Great collection of signed photos featuring many legendary Philadelphia A's. Most are 4x6" and condition averages EX with 7/10 signatures: Mostly Eddie Rommel's A's teammates. Mule Haas signed photo; Joe Boley signed photo; West signed photo 6x4"; Max Bishop signed photo 6x4"; Jack Quinn signed photo 6x4"; Al Simmons signed photo 3x5"; Ossie Orwoll signed photo 6x4". Tris Speaker signed photo 6x4"; Eddie Collins signed photo 6x4" Jimmie Foxx signed photo 6 x4"; Lefty Grove signed photo 6x4"; Lefty Grove signed photo 6x4"; Jim "Kid" Gleason signed photo 3.75x5"; Jim "Kid" Gleason signed photo 6x4"; Cy Perkins signed photo 6x4"; From Jim to Eddie" signed photo 6x4"; Joe Hassler signed photo 6x4"; Spike signed photo 6x4"; Bill signed photo 6x4"; Frank Siafoos signed photo 6x4"; Mickey Cochrane signed photo 3x5"; Howard Ehmke signed photo 6x4"; Joe Bush signed photo 6x4"; William Bing Miller signed photo 6x4"; Yerkes signed photo 6x4"; Brennan signed photo 6x4"; Waller signed photo 6x4"; Joe Hauser signed photo 6x4"; Jimmy Dykes signed photo 6x4"; Bing Miller signed photo 6x4"; Walter signed photo 6x4"; Rube Walberg signed photo 6x4"; Kit signed photo 6x4"; Ike Powers signed photo 6x4"; also a Connie Mack (corner tear) that is signed by someone else.

 

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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