Tom Connolly

Tommy Connolly autogrpah
Birthdate12/31/1870
Death Date4/28/1961
Debut Year1898
Year of Induction1953
Teams American League, MLB, National League
Position Umpire

Born in England, Tom Connolly umped in the NL from 1898-1900 & in the AL from 1901-1931. He once went 10 years without an ejection.

 

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Umpire Tom Connolly autographed 3x5 card

Umpire Tom Connolly autographed 3x5 card

One of only ten umpires inducted into the Hall of Fame, Tom Connolly joined Bill Klem as the first two so honored in 1953. Both arbiters were also selected for the Hall’s Honor Rolls of Baseball seven years earlier. Cooperstown waited 20 years until the next arbiter earned his plaque when Bill
Hall of Fame outfielder Harry Hooper picks Tom Connolly as the greatest umpire

Hall of Fame outfielder Harry Hooper picks Tom Connolly as the greatest umpire

By virtue of his status as a member of the Hall of Fame, Harry Hooper received a great deal of fan mail. Shown here is Hooper’s response to a request to identify his all-time team among other questions. At the bottom of the right side Hooper writes that Hall of Famer Tom Connolly
Envelope containing Harry Hooper's responses - he's signed the top left corner

Envelope containing Harry Hooper's responses - he's signed the top left corner

The previous letter in which Harry Hooper identified Tom Connolly as his choice as the umpire on his all-time team arrived in this envelope. Notice Hooper’s signature in the return address portion. The question of his all time team was one of only 8 queries

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