Orth Stein Collins (Buck)
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 150 lb.
- Debut June 1, 1904
- Final Game July 27, 1909
- Born April 27, 1880 in Lafayette, IN USA
- Died December 13, 1949 in Fort Lauderdale, FL USA
Orth "Buck" Collins appeared in the majors in 1904 and 1909. Surprisingly, he is not the only major leaguer named Orth, since Al Orth also shares the name. The two were contemporaries and both played for the 1904 New York Highlanders.
Collins was born in Lafayette, IN, a few years after Purdue University was started in the same area. Although not a Southern boy, he played several years in the Cotton States League and managed there in 1911-12.
Coming up with the 1904 Highlanders, he had a strong cup of coffee, posting a batting line of .353/.389/.529 on the same team for which Jack Chesbro won 41 games. Buck didn't come back to the majors until 1909, when he played for the 1909 Washington Senators, a team so bad that even the 21-year-old Walter Johnson went 13-25. The team as a whole was 42-110.
According to the Buffalo Bisons site, Collins figured in a couple of stories during the 1909 season before he came to the Senators. First, in June, he was on third base and another player was on second base when the batter put down a squeeze bunt toward the pitcher. Both Collins and the other player managed to score on the play as the pitcher threw to third and then the third baseman threw home. Second, in early July the Bisons had a number of injuries and Collins refused to play the second game of a doubleheader unless he got a raise (he further said that the raise was one that had been previously promised him). The team refused and suspended him, and Collins went home, soon getting picked up by the major league team.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1912||Greenwood Scouts||Cotton States League||--||--||replaced by Martin Dudley|
|Meridian Metropolitans||Cotton States League||--||Team disbanded August 3||replaced Harry Steinfeldt|