Many consider Eddie Collins to be the finest second baseman in baseball history. Over a 25-year career that began with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1906, he led the league in runs three times, stolen bases four times (including an incredible 81 in 1910), and retired with a lifetime batting average of .333. After winning the MVP award in 1914, he joined the Chicago White Sox the following year when Connie Mack went on a selling spree. In 1924 he became the player-manager of the Sox, batting .349 at the same time. A four time World Series Champion, he was also a part of the 1919 Black Sox, although he was not involved in the fix.
Named General Manager of the Boston Red Sox in 1933 by his childhood friend Tom Yawkey, he was responsible for the signing of Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr.
July 20, 2011