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Tharon Leslie "Pat" Collins
Birth: Sep. 13, 1896
Sweet Springs
Saline County
Missouri, USA
Death: May 20, 1960
Kansas City
Wyandotte County
Kansas, USA

Professional Baseball Player. Born in Sweet Springs, Missouri, to Julius and Sarah Nightwine Collins. He attended school in Sweet Springs before moving to Kansas City, Kansas to play sandlot ball. He began his minor league career with the Joplin Miners in 1917. In October of 1918 he married Cleminta Daisy Livingston. In 1919, his last season with the Miners, he had a breakthrough year, posting a batting average .316 and accumulated 100 hits, 19 doubles and 10 home runs in 96 games played. This caught the attention of the St. Louis Browns, who signed him near the end of the season. Pat made his major league debut for the Browns on September 5, 1919, at the age of 22, he came in as a pinch hitter for pitcher Bert Gallia. Between 1920 and 1922, he never played more than 31 games or started more than 20 games a season as catcher, and his role was limited to occasional pinch hitting appearances. During the 1923 season, he played 47 games, 37 of them being starts. Pat became the first and only major league player to pinch hit and pinch run in the same game. In 1924 he dislocated his thumb and was limited to only 20 games as a catcher. He was not resigned with the Browns after that season. Pat spent the 1925 season with the St. Paul Saints, a minor league baseball team that competed in the American Association (AA). There, he batted .316 and hit 19 home runs in 132 games. The Saints traded Pat in August of 1925 to the New York Yankees. During his years with the team, he developed a reputation of being slow-footed and having a throwing arm that was described as "terrible" and "weak". However, his steadiness behind the plate and his bat kept him in lineup. He became the starting catcher. In his first season with the organization, Pat had the fourth highest on-base percentage (.433) and tenth best at bats per home run ratio (41.4) in the AL, though he also recorded the fifth highest number of strikeouts in the league with 57. He compensated his poor defense by turning the most double plays (14) and recording the second highest range factor (4.75) as catcher, while finishing fourth in putouts (401) and fifth in assists (74) at his position and catching the fifth highest number of base runners stealing (34). The 1927 season saw Pat split catching duties with Johnny Grabowski and Bengough. He appeared in the most games behind the plate out of the three players, 89 games caught by Pat versus 68 by Grabowski and Bengough's 30. He was usually placed near the bottom of the Yankees lineup, which was given the nickname "Murderers' Row". At the end of the year, the Yankees once again advanced to the World Series, where they swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in four games. His series average of .600 was the highest among his teammates. At the end of the season he was sold to the Boston Braves. He managed to play just seven games for the Braves during the 1929 season, he played his last major league game in May of 1929. Pat returned to minor league baseball and played for several teams until 1932. Pat died in his sleep at his home in Missouri from a heart aliment at the age of 63. (bio by: Shock) 
 
Burial:
Memorial Park Cemetery
Kansas City
Wyandotte County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Mount Aaron Section, Lot 488, Space 5
 
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Record added: Oct 06, 2002
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 Added: May. 11, 2014
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