Jimmy Collins was known for his outstanding ability as a third baseman over his fourteen year career in the Major Leagues. He started his career in the National League in 1895 with the Boston Beaneaters as an outfielder, but was shortly converted to a third baseman where he became a star fielder as well as a feared hitter. After the 1900 season, Collins became the player/manager of the Boston Americans in the new American League where he continued as one of the best third basemen in baseball. He led the Americans to the first World Series in 1903 where they would go on to beat the National League’s Pittsburgh Pirates and become the World Series Champions. Collins finished his career after the 1908 season with 1,999 hits, 65 home runs, 983 RBIs, a .294 batting average, and was inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 by the Veterans Committee.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
August 13, 2014