Collins, Jimmy

James Joseph Collins
Born: January 16, 1870, Buffalo, New York
Died: March 6, 1943, Buffalo, New York
Played For: 
Louisville Colonels (1895), Boston Beaneaters (1895-1900), Boston Red Sox (1901-1907), Philadelphia A's (1907-1908)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1945

Jimmy Collins was a magician with the glove and a terror with the bat. A feared clutch hitter for the Boston ball clubs, he batted .346 in 1897 and in the following season, led the National League in home runs with 15. Collins hit .300 or better five times, was Boston's player-manager for its first six seasons in the upstart American League, and led his club to the World Championship in 1903. His defensive wizardry at the hot corner neutralized the opposition's bunting tactics.

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Did You Know: 
that on April 20, 1895, in just his second big league game, Jimmy Collins teamed with fellow Boston Beaneaters Hugh Duffy and Tommy McCarthy in an outfield of future Hall of Famers?
With a swoop like that of a chicken hawk, Collins would gather up the bunt and throw it accurately to whoever should receive it. The beauty about him was that he could throw from any angle, any position on the ground or in the air.
John B. Foster, Spalding Guide 1902