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Jimmy Collins

Jimmy Collins

Position(s):
OF, 2B, 3B, SS
Born:
January 16, 1870
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 9"
Weight:
178 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-19-1895 with BSN
Hall of Fame:
1945

Jimmy Collins

Jimmy Collins was one of the first stars who played third base in the American League. He managed the Red Sox to the first modern World Series, defeating the Pirates in 1903, to the delight of Boston's"Royal Rooters." He finished his career with a .294 batting average, a .548 winning percentage as a manager, and one hit shy of 2,000 hits. He played with and managed some of the greatest players of his era.


Teams Jimmy Collins Managed

Boston Red Sox (1901-1906)

Where does Jimmy Collins rank among baseball greats?

Jimmy Collins ranks #13 among the Top 50 all-time at 3B.

Best Season: 1898
With the NL Boston team (later to become the Braves), Collins led the loop in homers (15), and total bases (286). He batted .328, finished second in slugging, and in the top ten in OPS, games, at-bats, hits (196), doubles, and RBI (111).

As a Manager
Collins managed in the minors for several years after "retiring" from the majors. His last season at the helm was 1911 and then he went back to his native Buffalo to work for the city.

 

Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1936 BBWAA 58 25.7%
1936 Veterans 8 %
1937 BBWAA 60 29.9%
1938 BBWAA 79 30.2%
1939 BBWAA 72 26.3%
1942 BBWAA 68 29.2%
1945 BBWAA 121 49.0%
1945 Old Timers   %

Feats
Long before Frank Baker, Mike Schmidt and other home run hitting third basemen, Jimmy Collins won the 1898 NL homer crown, with 15.

Injuries and Explanation for Missed Playing Time
In late August 1906, Collins failed to appear for a Red Sox' game in Chicago. After a few days the team began to worry about their manager. Collins was finally located - he was in Florida resting or "on vacation" as he told the story. Boston suspended Collins for his absence and hired outfielder Chick Stahl to lead the team the rest of the season. Stahl guided the struggling Sox to a last place finish (14-26), and Collins returned to Beantown as a player in 1907. Having wore out his welcome, however, Collins was dealt to Connie Mack's A's. Prior to his departure, more drama visited the Red Sox. At the tail end of spring training, Stahl, distraught over his struggles as a manager and apparently very sick, locked himself in his hotel room, drank acid and killed himself. Cy Young reluctantly agreed to take the managerial reins, but he would be the first of four to lead the club in the troubled 1907 season. Not until Jake Stahl arrived in 1912 would the franchise right itself.

Replaced
According to legend, Jimmy Collins got his chance at third base with Louisville after the Baltimore Orioles bunted several times against the Colonels regular third sacker, Walter Preston. Collins had originally been an outfielder, noted for his strong throwing arm.

 

 

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1943 Hall of Fame, Baseball History, Boston Americans, Boston Beaneaters, Boston Pilgrims, Jimmy Collins, Pie Traynor

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