Jimmy Collins (1945)
Jimmy Collins started his professional baseball career in the minor leagues in 1893 as a shortstop. The next year, he played in the outfield. After the 1894 season, his contract was bought by the Boston Beaneaters/Braves and a year later, he played in right field for them. Collins was transferred to the Louisville Colonels of the National League in 1885 but he played with them for less than one season before returning to the Beaneaters/Braves.
In 1897, Collins had a career high batting average of .346 and a career high 132 RBIs. The next season, he led the National League in home runs with 15. That season he batted .328 with 196 hits, 35 doubles, and 111 RBIs.
After the 1900 season, Collins left the Beaneaters/Braves and moved to the American League and the Boston Americans/Red Sox to become player-manager of the team. In his first season with the Red Sox, Collins batted .332 with 187 hits, 42 doubles, 16 triples, and 94 RBIs.
Collins was replaced as manager of the Red Sox in 1906 after 37 games but he continued to play with the team until he was traded the following season to the Philadelphia Athletics. Collins retired as a major league player after the 1908 season but he continued to play and manage in the minor leagues from 1909 through 1911.
Statistics for Collins in 14 seasons (1895-1908) in the major leagues include:
- 7 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 196 in 1898
- 4 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 42 in 1901
- 6 seasons with 10 or more triples, with a high of 17 in 1903
- 5 seasons with a batting average over .300, with a high of .346 in 1897
Career statistics for Collins include:
- 1,725 games played
- 352 doubles
- 116 triples
- 983 RBIs
- 194 stolen bases
- .294 batting average