Ernie Lombardi

Ernie Lombardi autograph
Birthdate 4/6/1908
Death Date 9/26/1977
Debut Year 1931
Year of Induction 1986
Teams Braves, Dodgers, Giants, Reds
Position Catcher

A two-time batting champ with a .306 lifetime average, Ernie Lombardi was the 1938 National League Most Valuable Player and a 7-time All Star. 

 

In the collection:

Handwritten letter on Lombardi's 46th birthday

Handwritten letter on Lombardi's 46th birthday

Ernie Lomardi hit over .300 ten times despite being one of the slowest runners in the history of the game. A two-time batting champ, Lombardi enjoyed a 17-year career from 1931-1947. In the collection is this letter handwritten by the catcher on his 46th birthday. He writes in part, “Had a lit
Envelope for the letter with autograph and postmark

Envelope for the letter with autograph and postmark

The previous letter was sent in this envelope postmarked April 7, 1954 from Lombardi’s Oakland area home. Lombardi has written his name — doubling as another autograph — along with his address in the upper left corner. Ernie Lombardi died in 1977 at age 69 and was inducted into the
Small photo of the Hall of Fame catcher

Small photo of the Hall of Fame catcher

In addition to his outstanding bat control, Ernie Lombardi was known as one of the slowest runners in the history of baseball. Infielders played as deep as their arms would allow. Lombardi is reported to have joked that it took him three seasons to realize Pee Wee Reese was the Dodgers’ shorts

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