39. Jimmy Collins
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: January 16, 1870 in Buffalo, NY USA
  • Weight: 178 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 19, 1895
  • Final Game: August 29, 1908
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Jimmy Collins did a lot of things beautifully on the baseball diamond that may not be considered sexy but it they went noticed and he generated a Hall of Fame career out of it, which included five seasons with the Boston Beaneaters. 

After debuting for Boston in 1895 he was loaned to Louisville only to return prior to the 1896 Season.  Collins would win the starting Third Base job and he was considered to be one of the better defensive players at that position, which he showed by leading the NL in Defensive bWAR in 1899 and was in the top five as a Boston Beaneater three other times.  He was also very capable with his bat as he was expert bunter and led the NL in Home Runs (albeit with only 15) in 1898.  That year he was seventh in Batting Average and second in Slugging Percentage.  His overall numbers with the team would see him generate 821 Hits with a .309 Batting Average.  His run with the Beaneaters ended when he jumped to the Boston Americans of the American League in 1901.

Collins would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 when he was chosen by the Old Timers Committee.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Third Base
  • Acquired: Purchased from Buffalo (Eastern) for $500 11/14/94.
  • Departed:

    Loaned to the Louisville Colonels for $500 5/19/95.

    Acquired (2):

    Returned from the loan to Louisville prior to the 1896 Season.

    Departed (2):

    Jumped to the Boston Americans of the American League 1/11/01.
  • Games Played: 674
  • Notable Statistics: 470 Runs Scored
    821 Hits
    129 Doubles
    43 Triples
    34 Home Runs
    484 RBI
    71 Stolen Bases
    .309/.365/.429 Slash Line
    21.1 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest Defensive bWAR (1899)

    Most At Bats (1900)

    Most Total Bases (1898)

    Most Home Runs (1898)

    Most Putouts by a Third Baseman (1897, 1898 & 1900)

    Most Assists by a Third Baseman (1897, 1899 & 1900)

    Most Double Plays Turned by a Third Baseman (1897 & 1900)

    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Third Baseman (1896)
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