Eddie Collins is one of the greatest players in big league history. A career .333 hitter with 3,315 hits and a .424 on-base percentage, Collins was a four-time World Series champion.
After his junior year at Columbia University in 1906, Collins played semi-pro ball under the name Eddie Sullivan. The Ivy Leaguer soon attracted the attention of Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics who signed him to a contract. As Sullivan, Collins appeared in six games with the A’s that season.
Once his professional status was discovered, Collins was declared ineligible yet returned to New York to finish his degree. That summer Collins appeared in 14 games for the Mackmen. In 1908, Collins hit .273 playing second base, shortstop, and all three outfield positions. The following season in 1909 Collins settled in, playing 153 games mostly at second and hit .347.
In the collection is this letter written by Collins dated March 5, 1945. Addressed to a fan in Illinois, Collins outlines how he got his start in baseball. “…I expressed a desire to play baseball when I was finishing college; signed with the Philadelphia Athletics; and after a couple of years of utility work, bench warming, and mostly perseverance and confidence, I earned a regular job on a Major League team.”
Collins’ bold and flowing signature appears at the bottom.
Do you have any information about the family background of Eddie T Collins? His eyes look just like my late father’s, Danny Collins of the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame.