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Eddie Collins

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Eddie Collins
Second basemen.  Chicago White Sox, 1915-26.
Bats:  left.  Throws:  right.
Born:  5/2/87, Tarrytown, New York.  Died 3/25/51.


  • Batted over .300 in ten of his twelve seasons with the Chicago White Sox.
  • Led club in hitting four times (1921, 1922, 1923, 1925).  Led club in stolen bases three times (1919, 1923, 1924).
  • Still holds club record for most career stolen bases, 366.
  • Stole thirty or more bases six times for the White Sox.
  • His .369 batting average in 1920 is the third-highest in club history.  Also hit .360 (1923) and .349 (1919).
  • Holds club record with 222 hits and 169 singles, both in 1920.
  • Amongst Sox's single-season leaders for on-base percentage (third, .461 in 1925), stolen bases (fifth, 53 in 1917), triples (seventh, 17 in 1916), walks (eighth, 119 in 1915), and runs (tenth, 118 in 1915).
  • Amongst Sox's career leaders for batting average (second, .331), on-base percentage (second, .426), runs (third, 1,063), hits (third, 2,005), walks (third, 965), at-bats (fourth, 6,065), total bases (fifth, 2,567), and extra base hits (eighth, 399).
  • Purchased by Charles Comiskey in 1914 from Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics for the exorbitant price of $50,000, his arrival the first move towards re establishing the Sox as pennant contenders which ultimately resulted in city's last world championship, the 1917 Chicago White Sox.
  • Reported his suspicions of gambling and fixing of games to Comiskey in 1920.  Witness for the prosecution in the 1921 Black Sox trial.
  • Player-manager for the Sox in 1925 and 1926.
  • The Sox second basemen of thirteen seasons, college-educated and savvy enough to negotiate his own player contracts at favorable terms, first with Connie Mack and later with Charles Comiskey, a graduate of Columbia University, noted for his intelligent play and infield leadership, universally recognized as one of the finest players of his era, only the tenth player inducted to the hall of fame by the BBWAA, "Cocky", the great Eddie Collins.
  • Elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1939.

    Chosen by Sox fans for induction from the pre 1950 era

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