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Lot # 11: Vintage Signed Photograph Collection to Eddie Rommel (12)

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Nice trove of vintage signatures, mostly from Philadelphia A's star pitcher Ed Rommel and inscribed to him. Most are 6.5x8.5" or a little smaller. Some 8x10". 1) Chick Galloway Charles Conlon Photo, 6.5x8.5", top torn off and taped back. Both large top corner areas missing. 2) Frank Welch 6.5x8.5" signed photo, Charles Conlan photo. 3) Al Simmons signed photo 6.5x8.5". 4) Al Simmons signed photo 6.5x8.5", top left corner missing. 5) Illegible signed photo 6.5x8.5". 6) Howard Ehmke signed photo 6.5x8.5". 7) Bill (illegible last name) signed photo 6.5x8.5". 8) Sam Gray signed photo 6.5x8.5", Conlon. 9) Cy Perkins signed photo 6.5x8.5", lower right corner missing. 10) Connie Mack colorized signed photo 8x10". 11) Connie Mack signed photo 8x10". 12) Bill McGowan signed photo 8x10". 13) Brooks Robinson signed photo 8x10". Galloway is torn, some others partially torn. Remainder average VG-EX with signatures being mostly 7/10.


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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