Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Second Basemen, A to Z: Eddie Collins

Player: Eddie Collins
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.

Be sure to visit my new friends:

Far Away Series
Weaving a Tale or Two
Film Sketchr
I Think; Therefore, I Yam
Journaling Woman


  1. Hi, Very interesting. I am not a baseball buff, but my husband was. Thank you. It must have been exciting, having been contacted by someone famous. Best regards to you,

  2. Me too, I'm not a baseball buff but enjoy reading what you wrote. It would be exciting if Collins tweeted you beyond the grave!

  3. Back for my baseball facts. Go White Sox. I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago.

  4. 'So... guess who tweeted me on Sunday to thank me for my A post. Roberto Alomar, himself!'

    Too cool, Scoots. It's the unexpected pleasures that really make life lurvely.

    And, 'I Think; Therefore, I Yam,' has a super theme for the Challenge. I was glad to have discovered her, yesterday -- while taking shots of Echinacea infusions each time I spotted your avatar on every other blog I visited. ;)

  5. I'm trying to remember if 1939 was the first class for the Hall of Fame or not. You had a lot of the greats inducted in those early years like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb and all that. Anyway, I probably walked by this guy's plaque a couple years ago when I went to Cooperstown. It's an interesting place to visit but it's quite a drive.

  6. Quite awesome, to hear from someone official who likes what you do! I'm hoping to visit all the blogs on the A-Z Challenge in April.

  7. Eddie Collins is much revered on the South Side of Chicago. He was part of that Black Sox team with Shoeless Joe Jackson and the rest of the Eight Men Out. Great choice for C!

  8. baseball! what an excellent spring theme! :D

  9. I agree with Stephanie. Great spring theme.

    Thanks for the shout out.

  10. Wow, what an interesting blog and theme! Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. Hope more players contact you!

  11. great post! found you on the a to z, and will be back to read more!

    I am doing a travel theme on my blog for the challenge, pop over if you have time: