Born: 5/2/1887 in Millerton, New York
Died: 3/25/1951 in Boston, Massachusetts
Major League Career: 1906-30
Games Played at Second Base: 2,650
Most Games Played For: Chicago White Sox
Photo via Grandstand Sports
Eddie Collins is the all-time Major League leader for games played at second base. He ranks tenth on the all-time hits list and sixth on the stolen bases list. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939.
So... guess who tweeted me on Sunday to thank me for my A post. Roberto Alomar, himself! I kid thee not! Okay, so it's not technically a verified account but it links back to his official website, which links back to the Twitter account. So, I think it's legit. It was either Alomar or his public relations guy. It's not the first time I've written about someone and then had them contact me but it's the first time that person was a Hall of Famer! If Collins tweets me from beyond the grave, I'll let you all know.
For last year's A-Z Challenge, I featured players of the Baltimore Orioles/St. Louis Browns organization, my favorite baseball team. I managed to cover every position on the field except for one: second baseman. As such, I decided to devote this year's challenge entirely to the second base position, honoring the individuals who earned their keep playing one of the game's most demanding defensive positions.
Head on over to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge to find others joining the adventure.
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