Phil Collins

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Philip Eugene Collins
(Fidgety Phil)

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Biographical Information[edit]

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Right-hander Phil Collins pitched for the Rockford Rox of the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League in 1923, winning 17 and losing 8 while pitching 211 innings. On October 7 of the same year, he was invited to Wrigley Field by the Chicago Cubs, pitched five innings and won his first game in the major leagues. Phil wouldn't be back in the majors until 1929. Collins would win 30 and lose 25 in the next two years in the same Three-I League.

He would be out of baseball altogether in 1926 due to arm problems but come back in 1927 with the Terre Haute Tots and go 8-9 with a 4.71 ERA. Collins would spend 1928 with the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern Association, winning 16 and losing 14 with a 3.44 ERA while pitching 243 innings. This would be Phils's last action in the minors and he finished out with a 71-56 record with a 2.90 ERA while pitching 1,077 innings on the farm.

On October 3, 1928 Collins was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies from the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern Association in the 1928 Rule V Draft. "Fidgety Phil", as he was sometimes addressed, would spend the next seven seasons with the Shibe Park Boys. He pitched well his first two seasons, going 9-7 in 1929 and then went 16-11 in 1930 and would have one more year over .500 when he won 14 and lost 12 in 1932.

"Fidgety" would win 13 times in 1934 but lose 18 while pitching 254 innings. Phil was 0-2 for the Phillies on May 7, 1935 and was sold to the St. Louis Cardinals for an undisclosed amount. Collins would close out the year at 7-6 for the Cardinals, thus spelling out the end of his major league time with an 80-85 record with a 4.66 ERA while pitching 1,324 innings.

Phil, now 33 years old with 13 professional seasons under his belt, found no takers in 1936 and hung up his spikes. He returned to his native Illinois where he died on August 14, 1948 in Chicago, IL, at the age of 47.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 1933 - NL - Led League In Saves (6)

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