Eddie Collins

Birthdate 5/2/1887
Death Date 3/25/1951
Debut Year 1906
Year of Induction 1939
Teams Athletics, White Sox
Position Second Base

Eddie Collins is 13th all time in career Wins Above Replacement and 10th among positions players. The 1914 MVP finished with 3,315 hits.

In the collection:

Eddie Collins writes about how he got his start in Major League Baseball

Eddie Collins writes about how he got his start in Major League Baseball

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
Clark Griffith writes to Eddie Collins in 1926; Collins replies

Clark Griffith writes to Eddie Collins in 1926; Collins replies

As owner of the Washington Senators, Clark Griffith fielded many offers for trades. In this letter of November 29, 1926 Griffith writes to fellow Hall of Famer Eddie Collins expressing his sorrow that Collins was deposed as manager of the White Sox. With Collins as their second baseman and manager Chicago finished the 1926 campaign with a 81-72 record. The
Eddie Collins signed document assigning Gehrig-replacement  Babe Dahlgren to the minors

Eddie Collins signed document assigning Gehrig-replacement Babe Dahlgren to the minors

The signature of Eddie Collins is relatively available due to his role as Boston executive from 1933-1946, however documents such as this one with relevance to a historically significant player rarely surface. Dated January 28, 1936, this agreement assigns 24-year old Babe Dahlgren Jersey City team
Harry Hooper picks his all-time team; teammate Eddie Collins is his choice at second base

Harry Hooper picks his all-time team; teammate Eddie Collins is his choice at second base

Eddie Collins and Harry Hooper were teammates with the White Sox from 1921 through 1925. When Hooper was asked to identify his all-time team, he remembered Collins fondly and selected him as the second basemen. Hooper favored guys he played with for his choices. Though he chose Hall of Fame pitcher
Envelope containing Harry Hooper's responses - he signed the top left corner

Envelope containing Harry Hooper's responses - he signed the top left corner

The previous letter in which Harry Hooper identified Eddie Collins as his choice as the second baseman on his all-time team arrived in this envelope. Notice Hooper’s signature in the return address portion. The question of his all time team was one of only 8 queries that Hooper wrote about. His insightful reflections about the Black Sox scandal,
Former MLB player Eddie Collins Jr. remembers his dad

Former MLB player Eddie Collins Jr. remembers his dad

A three-year Major Leaguer in his own right, Eddie Collins Jr. played 132 games, mostly as an outfielder. In the collection is a handwritten letter from the younger Collins remember his father, the Hall of Fame player. “I remember him mostly as a very fine and loving father rather than a ballplayer,” writes Jr. Indeed, by the time he was born his father had been retired for almost a decade.

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