Hubert B. Collins
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 160 lb.
- Debut September 4, 1886
- Final Game May 14, 1892
- Born April 15, 1864 in Louisville, KY USA
- Died May 21, 1892 in Brooklyn, NY USA
"He was destined to be the greatest second baseman in Brooklyn history before an insidious disease cut him down in the prime of his life... His stolen base per game average is one of the highest ever recorded... In the field his lifetime 6.1 range factor is the best of any Dodger second baseman." - from the Dodgers Encyclopedia page on Hub Collins
Collins had been hitting well, too, in 1892, with an OPS+ of 139. He insisted on playing even though ill, and John Ward had to order him to go to a doctor. After his death, Ward held an all-star benefit for his widow and child, bringing in $3,000.
Collins broke in at age 22 with the Louisville Colonels of the American Association in 1886, and spent parts of 1886-1888 with Louisville. He had his best season with them in 1888 when he was fourth in the league in both batting average and on-base percentage (he also played a small part of 1888 for Brooklyn). He led the league in doubles.
Collins spent the rest of his major league career with Brooklyn, staying with the team as it moved to the National League. He led the 1890 National League in runs scored. Hub played 381 games at second base, 271 in the outfield, and smaller numbers of games at other infield positions. He was mostly an outfielder with Louisville and mostly a second baseman with Brooklyn.
The Dodgers Encyclopedia has a photo of him.
- NL Runs Scored Leader (1890)
- AA Doubles Leader (1888)
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 4 (1887-1890)
- 50 Stolen Bases Seasons: 4 (1887-1890)