Played for Boston: 1901-1907
Boston Stats: 741 G, .296 BA, 25 HR, 385 RBI, 881 H, 171 2B, 65 3B, 448 R
Jimmy Collins was not only one of the finest third basemen in the history of the Red Sox. He also was Boston's first star position player.
After playing five-and-a-half seasons with the Boston Braves in the National League, Collins jumped to the Red Sox to be their player/manager when they officially began play in the American League in 1901.
He was a natural fan favorite in Boston because of his outstanding play and Irish-American background.
Besides being an excellent fielder (career DWAR of 16.8 is 75th all-time), he was also a solid hitter who never hit lower than .271 in a Red Sox uniform.
His best season with the Red Sox was his rookie campaign in 1901 when he hit .332 with 42 doubles, 16 triples, six home runs and 94 RBI in 138 games.
Collins managed the Red Sox from 1901 to 1906, compiling a record of 455-376. He skippered and starred for the 1903 team, which won the first-ever World Series.
Collins was recognized for his accomplishments by being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.