Hall of Fame: Eddie Collins (1939)

Nicknamed “Cocky”, at least he backed it up.

 Year Ag Tm  Lg  G   AB    R    H   2B 3B  HR  RBI  SB CS  BB  SO   BA   OBP   SLG *OPS+  TB   SH
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---+
1906 19 PHA AL 6 15 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 24 3 3
1907 20 PHA AL 14 23 0 8 0 1 0 2 0 0 .348 .348 .435 147 10 1
1908 21 PHA AL 102 330 39 90 18 7 1 40 8 16 .273 .312 .379 118 125 15
1909 22 PHA AL 153 571 104 198 30 10 3 56 67 62 .347 .416 .450 171 257 21
1910 23 PHA AL 153 581 81 188 16 15 3 81 81 49 .324 .382 .418 152 243 22
1911 24 PHA AL 132 493 92 180 22 13 3 73 38 62 .365 .451 .481 162 237 18
1912 25 PHA AL 153 543 137 189 25 11 0 64 63 101 .348 .450 .435 156 236 29
1913 26 PHA AL 148 534 125 184 23 13 3 73 55 85 37 .345 .441 .453 164 242 26
1914 27 PHA AL 152 526 122 181 23 14 2 85 58 30 97 31 .344 .452 .452 176 238 28
1915 28 CHW AL 155 521 118 173 22 10 4 77 46 30 119 27 .332 .460 .436 165 227 35
1916 29 CHW AL 155 545 87 168 14 17 0 52 40 21 86 36 .308 .405 .396 140 216 39
1917 30 CHW AL 156 564 91 163 18 12 0 67 53 89 16 .289 .389 .363 128 205 33
1918 31 CHW AL 97 330 51 91 8 2 2 30 22 73 13 .276 .407 .330 121 109 22
1919 32 CHW AL 140 518 87 165 19 7 4 80 33 68 27 .319 .400 .405 125 210 40
1920 33 CHW AL 153 602 117 224 38 13 3 76 20 8 69 19 .372 .438 .493 146 297 33
1921 34 CHW AL 139 526 79 177 20 10 2 58 12 10 66 11 .337 .412 .424 115 223 13
1922 35 CHW AL 154 598 92 194 20 12 1 69 20 12 73 16 .324 .401 .403 110 241 27
1923 36 CHW AL 145 505 89 182 22 5 5 67 48 29 84 8 .360 .455 .453 141 229 39
1924 37 CHW AL 152 556 108 194 27 7 6 86 42 17 89 16 .349 .441 .455 134 253 28
1925 38 CHW AL 118 425 80 147 26 3 3 80 19 6 87 8 .346 .461 .442 135 188 17
1926 39 CHW AL 106 375 66 129 32 4 1 62 13 8 62 8 .344 .441 .459 139 172 15
1927 40 PHA AL 95 226 50 76 12 1 1 15 6 2 56 9 .336 .468 .412 124 93 8
1928 41 PHA AL 36 33 3 10 3 0 0 7 0 0 4 4 .303 .378 .394 101 13 0
1929 42 PHA AL 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .222 .000 -39 0 0
1930 43 PHA AL 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 151 1 0
+--------------+---+----+----+----+---+--+---+----+---+--+---+---+-----+-----+-----+----+----+---
25 Seasons 9949 3315 187 1300 173 286 .333 .424 .429 141 512
2826 1821 438 47 744 1499 4268

1 MVP award (1914)

Edward Trowbridge Collins, Sr., was born on May 2, 1887 in Millerton, New York. He went on to be the captain of the Columbia University baseball team, but he would not be allowed to play his senior season because he supposedly disguised himself to play in a few professional games. After college, Collins would break in with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1906.

In his first few seasons, Collins came off the bench, getting more and more playing time, until 1909, when he grabbed the starting second baseman position for good. He would hit .347 with 61 steals that season, and he followed that up with 81 steals and his first of four World Series. Collins was part of Connie Mack’s famous “$100,000 Infield”, and they won 5 of 6 pennants from 1909-1914 (not 1912). Mack, however, would disband the team following the 1914 season, and Collins was sent to the Chicago White Stockings.

For the White Stockings, Collins would continue his stellar play. He starred in the 1917 World Series hitting .407. The War called on Collins in 1918, but he came back and played a year later as part of the infamous “Black Sox Scandal”. As one of the very honest men in baseball, Collins was not in on the fix and was harsh towards the ones who were, but Collins would later admit the 1919 team was the best team for which he had ever played. Over the next few seasons, Collins continued to hit well, steal bases, and play stellar defense, but the White Stockings believed his playing days were nearing an end. He would come back to the A’s to finish his career.

Another player-manager, Collins wouldn’t stick in that position too long, even though he was in line to replace Mack (who coached for 21 more years — good thing Collins left, huh?). He would go the Boston Red Sox and rebuild the organization, including scouting and bringing back a fellow named Ted Williams.

In 1939, 213 of the 274 Hall voters called on Collins to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and in a nice twist of fate, his son would begin his career as an A’s outfielder that same season.

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