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Lot # 17: Eddie Rommel Awards and Personal Effects Collection (24)

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Silver Plated Tray by Gorham presented to Eddie Rommel in 1954 at Baltimore Memorial Stadium for outstanding sportsmanship. Rommel was a star pitcher for Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics, and the right-hander won 171 games and pitched in two Word Series. Later he became a highly respected American League umpire. 1954 Major League All-Star Game Sterling Silver Tea Set With Pot, Creamer And Sugar Bowl, by Gorham. Plaque awarded to Eddie for being elected to the Maryland Shrine of Immortals in 1962. Plaque reads, "Edwin A. Rommel Pitcher-Umpire...Whose 37 record in the American League as a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1920-1934) and later as an umpire (1938-1959) is unsurpassed." Also three programs for the induction and five photos from the induction. Umpire Trip To Germany Scrap Book. State Of Maryland Hall Of Fame Certificate. Five Sterling silver award plates for Handicap Tournament. Dates from 1953 thru 1956. No Hit Game pocketknife from game that he pitched with Newark in 1919. Association of Professional Ball Players (APBL) Lifetime Membership Card (metal). 1939 A's program, 1955 Ed Rommel umpire Bowman card and two other publications.

 

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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