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December 3 – Happy Birthday Joe Collins

By 1949, Joe Collins had been in the Yankee farm system for eleven years, starting as a sixteen year old with the Easton (Maryland) Yankees in the old D-level Eastern Shore League. During his last three seasons in the minors, the Scranton, PA native had torn up the pitching at the triple A level and was more than ready to play in the Majors. The problem was that Casey Stengel’s 1949 Yankees had more first baseman than some teams had pitchers. They included Tommy Henrich, Johnny Mize, Billy Jones, Fenton Mole, Jack Phillips and Dick Kryhoski. But Collins had averaged 25 home runs during his last three Minor League seasons and by 1950, the Yankee brass decided the then 26-year-old prospect needed a shot at the big leagues. Joe then became the team’s most frequently used first baseman until Moose Skowren took over the position in 1955. When that happened, Stengel continued to use Collins as an outfielder for two seasons until the New York front office sold him to the Philadelphia Athletics. Collins chose to retire rather than play in a uniform other than the Yankee pinstripes, ending the career of one of the classiest Yankees ever.  Collins’ Yankee teams got into eight World Series, winning five of them. He never displayed as much power as he showed at the Minor League level during his Major League career but he did hit 18 home runs during the the 1952 season and 17 more in 1953. Collins, who was born in 1922, passed away in 1989.

Collins shares his December 3rd birthday with this former Yankee teammatethis one-time Yankee starting pitcher and this one too.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1948 NYY 5 5 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 .200 .200 .400 .600
1949 NYY 7 16 10 2 1 0 0 0 4 0 6 2 .100 .438 .100 .538
1950 NYY 108 238 205 47 48 8 3 8 28 5 31 34 .234 .335 .420 .754
1951 NYY 125 299 262 52 75 8 5 9 48 9 34 23 .286 .368 .458 .826
1952 NYY 122 489 428 69 120 16 8 18 59 4 55 47 .280 .364 .481 .845
1953 NYY 127 450 387 72 104 11 2 17 44 2 59 36 .269 .365 .439 .805
1954 NYY 130 399 343 67 93 20 2 12 46 2 51 37 .271 .365 .446 .812
1955 NYY 105 330 278 40 65 9 1 13 45 0 44 32 .234 .339 .414 .753
1956 NYY 100 303 262 38 59 5 3 7 43 3 34 33 .225 .313 .347 .661
1957 NYY 79 174 149 17 30 1 0 2 10 2 24 18 .201 .310 .248 .559
10 Yrs 908 2703 2329 404 596 79 24 86 329 27 338 263 .256 .350 .421 .771
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/3/2013.