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James Anthony Collins (Rip)

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[edit] Introduction

Ripper Collins was a member of the Gas House Gang who led the league in slugging percentage and home runs in 1934 when the Gas House Gang won the 1934 World Series. He also appeared on the 1938 Chicago Cubs who won the pennant. Lifetime, in his nine-year major league career, he hit .296 with a .492 slugging percentage.

[edit] In the minors prior to his major league career

  • In 1929, he led the International League with 38 home runs and 134 RBI, helping lead the Rochester Red Wings to a 103-win season and the pennant. In the prior couple seasons, he had played briefly with Rochester after spending the bulk of the year in lower level clubs.
  • In 1930, Collins set the IL RBI record with 180 - this still remains the all-time league record. He also hit .376 (leading the league), slugged .684, scored 165, banged out a league-best 234 hits, delivered 40 homers and a league-high 19 triples.

[edit] The majors

[edit] In the minors after the majors


Sources: The International League: Year-by-Year Statistics by Marshall Wright, 1946 Baseball Guide, 1989 Sporting News Baseball Guide (though any Guide lists past MLPOTY award winners), Great Baseball Feats, Facts & Firsts by David Nemec and Baseball's 25 Greatest Teams by Lowell Reidenbaugh

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 1944 Minor League Player of the Year (Albany Senators, Eastern League)
  • 3-time NL All-Star (1935-1937)
  • NL Slugging Percentage Leader (1934)
  • NL OPS Leader (1934)
  • NL Total Bases Leader (1934)
  • NL Home Runs Leader (1934)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1932, 1934 & 1935)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1934)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 2 (1934 & 1935)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1934 & 1935)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1934)
  • Won two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals (1931 & 1934)


[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1942 Albany Senators Eastern League 84-56 1st Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1943 Albany Senators Eastern League 74-65 5th Pittsburgh Pirates
1944 Albany Senators Eastern League 91-47 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1945 Albany Senators Eastern League 79-61 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates League Champs
1946 Albany Senators Eastern League 78-62 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost in 1st round
1947 San Diego Padres (PCL) Pacific Coast League 79-107 8th none
1948 San Diego Padres (PCL) Pacific Coast League 67-62 -- none -- replaced by Jim Brillheart (26-43) August 6
1949 Pawtucket Slaters New England League 32-15 -- Boston Braves -- replaced by Dutch Dorman June 19
Hartford Chiefs Eastern League 44-44 5th Boston Braves replaced Earl Browne June 19
1950 Hartford Chiefs Eastern League 80-59 3rd Boston Braves Lost in 1st round
1961 San Antonio Missions Texas League -- Chicago Cubs -- replaced by Harry Craft May 13
1962 Palatka Cubs Florida State League -- Chicago Cubs -- replaced Bobby Adams July 19
replaced by Verlon Walker July 20
1963 Middlesboro Cubsox Appalachian League Chicago Cubs Co-managed with Hugh Mulcahy until July 14, then George Noga

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