Collins, Eddie

Edward Trowbridge Collins Sr.
Born: May 2, 1887, Millerton, New York
Died: March 25, 1951, Boston, Massachusetts
Played For: 
Philadelphia A's (1906-1914, 1927-1930), Chicago White Sox (1915-1926)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1939

Signed in 1906 at the age of 19, Eddie Collins played 25 seasons in the Major Leagues -- a 20th-century record for position players. The fiery second baseman starred in the famous $100,000 infield in Philadelphia and also for the Chicago White Sox. The choke-grip batting style Collins used proved fruitful. For 10 seasons, he batted over .340, helping him earn membership in the exclusive 3,000-hit club. An aggressive and confident second baseman, he was also an outstanding baserunner.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Eddie Collins is the only American League player to steal six bases in a single game, a feat he accomplished twice in a span of less than two weeks (Sept. 11 and Sept. 22, 1912)?
Eddie Collins was one of the most accomplished all-around ballplayers ever to play the game. They called Collins cocky, not because he was arrogant, but because he was filled with confidence based on sheer ability.
author Jack Kavanaugh