Tommy Connolly’s Baseball Hall Of Fame Pin
Longtime AL ump Tom Connolly’s quick ejection finger was legendary, yet over a 10-year period he never threw a single player out of a game, which was no doubt a testimony to the respect -- and fear -- he had accrued with his quiet but ultra-authoritative manner. Indeed, Connolly was synonymous with umpiring in the first third of the 20th Century, and was tapped to umpire the first games played at Fenway Park, Comiskey Park, Shibe Park and Yankee Stadium. A big event in baseball usually meant Connolly would be behind the plate, and behind the plate he was for 34 years, 31 of them in the AL. When he finally took off the mask in 1931 it was to become the circuit’s Umpire in Chief, a position he held for many years. In ‘53 he and Bill Klem were the 1st umps elected to the HOF. This magnificent and unspeakably rare pin was given to Connolly on that heady day in Cooperstown, and is a real baseball treasure. The 14K and 18K Balfour pin is engraved “Tommy Connolly” on the verso on the solid metal piece under a rotating clamp. Front has a silver baseball in an empty area within the borders of pavilion-like motif with 2 side columns, an upper wall with the words “Hall of Fame”, and a lower area with laurel leaves and a baseball diamond. This design has rarely been seen on HOF paraphernalia. Best of all, the precious 1/2-inch pin is NRMT with nary a scratch or speck and no tarnishing to speak of. Comes from the Connolly estate and includes his personal copy of Connolly’s wallet-sized (1 3/8 x 1.75”) Callahan card from 1954, with an illustration of his face and a bio on the back, EX and a rarity in itself.
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