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Kevin Michael Collins
(Casey)

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Light hitting Kevin "Casey" Collins survived six years in the major leagues during the second dead-ball era, compiling a .209 career batting average and an anemic .245 OBP. His last year was his best with the bat as he hit .268 and slugged .439 for a Detroit Tigers team which went 91-71 in 1971. He hit the frst pinch-hit home run in the history of the Montreal Expos, on July 17, 1969, against future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Collins began in the minors in 1964, and finished up in 1974.

He went to Technical High School in Springfield, MA, and was signed as a bonus baby in 1964. He earned a degree from North Adams State College by studying during the off-season after he had turned pro. He left baseball in 1974 while still playing well because he didn't want to keep uprooting his family for the peripatetic baseball life.

He worked for 20 years for an automotive supply company.

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