"Eddie Collins was one of the most accomplished all-around ballplayers ever to play the game. They called Collins "Cocky," not because he was arrogant, but because he was filled with confidence based on sheer ability."
- Author Jack Kavanaugh
Eddie "Cocky" Trowbridge Collins, Sr.
05/02/1887 - 05/25/1951
Bats: Left; Throws: Right
Position: Second Base
Career Hits: 3,311
Career Stolen Bases: 743
Awards: American League MVP 1914
Hall of Fame: 1939 inductee (213/274 ballots)
Debut Game: 09/17/1906
Final Game: 08/02/1930
Philadelphia Atheltics: 1906 - 1914
Chicago White Sox: 1915 - 1923
Chicago White Sox (manager): 1924 - 1926
Philadelphia Athletics: 1927 - 1930
Eddie Collins played for two teams, managed for a bit, and accumulated over 3,000 hits in his career, but he was best known for his ability to steal bases. On two separate occasions, he managed to steal six bases in a single game. Only three players in the game have stolen more bases than Eddie Collins: Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb, and Lou Brock.
Collins started his career with the Philadelphia Athletics where he made it to the World Series four times (1910, 1911, 1913, 1914), won three times, and was named American League MVP in 1914. In 1915, Collins began playing with the Chicago White Sox, where he would go to the World Series twice more (1917, 1919) and win once. Collins stayed with the White Sox until 1926 despite the Black Sox scandal of 1919, and he managed the team between 1924 and 1926. Collins finished his career where he started it: Philadelphia. He played for the Athletics from 1927 until 1930 when he retired ranking eighth in career hits and fourth in bases stolen. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.
World Series Appearances
winning team is large. Collins's team is bold
1910 - Philadelphia Athletics (4) v Chicago Cubs (1)
1911 - Philadelphia Athletics (4) v New York Giants (2)
1913 - Philadelphia Athletics (4) v New York Giants (1)
1914 - Boston Braves (4) v Philadelphia Athletics (0)
1917 - Chicago White Sox (4) v New York Giants (2)
1919 - Cincinatti Reds (5) v Chicago White (Black) Sox (3)
Hall of Fame Index
Mickey Cochrane | Jimmy Collins
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