Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Salute to the 15 Greatest U.S. Armed Forces Veteran MLB Players

Memorial Day Weekend Series- Part 8 of 16

No. 9 Eddie Collins

Another player from the same era, Eddie Collins is considered by many as baseball's second best second baseman behind the legendary Rogers Hornsby. He played a remarkable 2,826 games spanning 25 big league seasons.

Collins graduated from prestigious Columbia University and served in the United States Marines before launching his long major league career. Like Speaker, you can find Collins' name at the top of a variety of baseball's all-time batting categories.

He ranks 10th in hits (3,315), 14th in OBP (.424), 12th in triples (187), 18th in bases on balls (1,499), 8th in stolen bases (741), 3rd in singles (2,643), and 1st in sacrifices (512.) Overall, "Cocky" accumulated a .333 career batting average, including a .372 mark in 1920.

Seven separate seasons, Collins finished in the top six of MVP voting, including 1914 when he won the AL trophy. His playing career was split between the Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago White Sox— that included eight trips to the "Fall Classic" and six World Series Championships.


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