PLAYER: Jimmy Collins (HOF)
TEAM: Minneapolis Millers
LEAGUE: American Association
BACK: El Principe De Gales (20/39)
GRADE: SGC 1.5 F – (129) 0316-002
A well loved example of Minneapolis Millers Hall of Fame third baseman Jimmy Collins. The card features the El Principe De Gales advertising reverse (Ranked 20 of 39 in terms of scarcity, according to T206 Resource).
James Joseph Collins
Born: January 16, 1870 – Buffalo, NY
Died: March 6, 1943 – Buffalo, NY
Career BA: .294
Managerial Record: 455–376
Louisville Colonels NL (1895)
Boston Beaneaters NL (1895–1900)
Boston Americans AL (player/manager: 1901–1906, player: 1907)
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1907–1908)
Jimmy Collins is considered one of the three or four greatest third basemen that ever played the game. A great star both offensively and defensively, he batted over .300 five times, hitting .346 and driving in 132 runs in 1897. Collins led the National League in home runs (15) in 1898, and still stands second in all-time putouts. In 1901 he became player/manager for Boston in the new American League, and he starred in the first World Series in 1903, leading his team to the championship. They came back to win the American League pennant in 1904. Collins played for several other pennant winners in both the AL and NL. As one of the most adept defenders of the bunt, he helped neutralize one of the era’s primary offensive weapons, and he established the standards of play at third base. He later managed the Minneapolis Millers in the American Association and the Providence Grays in the Eastern League. Jimmy Collins was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945.
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