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James Anthony “Ripper” Collins

  • Birth 30 Mar 1904 Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 15 Apr 1970 New Haven, Oswego County, New York, USA
  • Burial Mexico, Oswego County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 13637146

Major League Baseball Player. Made his major league debut in 1931 at the age of 27 after spending 8 seasons in the minor leagues. He was the first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals through the 1936 season and was a member of the famed Cardinal Gas House Gang. Though short in stature (5'9" 165 pounds), he was one of the most dangerous power hitters on the team. In 1934 he led the Cardinals in batting with a .333 average, tied Mel Ott of the New York Giants for the National League lead in homeruns with 35 and finished second to Mel Ott in RBI's with 128. He also led the National League with a .615 slugging percentage. In the 1934 World Series he hit .367 helping the Cardinals to a 7-game series victory over the Detroit Tigers. He followed up his outstanding season by hitting .313 with 23 homeruns and 122 RBI's in 1935. After the 1936 season he was traded to the Chicago Cubs and spent the 1937 and 1938 seasons as their regular first baseman. He didn't play in the major leagues in 1939 and 1940 but he was purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates prior to the 1941 season. After seeing limited action, he was released at the end of the season. He finished his career with a .296 lifetime batting average, 135 homeruns and 659 RBI's.

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  • Originally Created by: Decal
  • Added: 16 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13637146
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Anthony “Ripper” Collins (30 Mar 1904–15 Apr 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13637146, citing Mexico Village Cemetery, Mexico, Oswego County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .