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Bill Klem and Tom Connolly HOF Umpires Signed Index Card and GPC Pair

Lot Number 923

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Senior-circuit and junior-circuit counterparts, Klem (d.1951) and Connolly (d.1961) were the first two Hall of Fame umpire inductees. SABR biographer David W. Anderson writes that their careers were intertwined: [The] two men deserve credit for much of the changed status of umpires and umpiring in the major leagues. Most importantly, Connolly created an American League style of umpiring, which resulted in a heated rivalry with his National League counterpart Klem. Most notably, Connolly favored persuasive diplomacy in dealing with controversies and used the outside, 'balloon' chest protector, while Klem was an authoritarian presence who insisted on the inside protector." Klem's signature is an "8" with a few stray ink dots on the lined side of an EX index card. Connolly's signature is a "7-8" overall on a 1956 GPC that's VG with staple marks at top and a spot of surface wear touching the "as" in "Thomas." Auction LOA from JSA.

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