"(Eddie) Collins sustained a remarkable level of performance for a remarkably long time. He was past thirty when the lively ball era began, yet he adapted to it and continued to be one of the best players in baseball every year...his was the most valuable career that any second baseman ever had." - Historian / Author Bill James
"Eddie Collins was one of the most accomplished all-around ballplayers ever to play the game. They called Collins "Cocky," not because he was arrogant, but because he was filled with confidence based on sheer ability." - Author Jack Kavanaugh
"Luckily for Eddie Collins, stealing in baseball is not a crime. If it were, he would be the fourth one in line to stand trial behind Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb and Lou Brock, the only three thieves that have stolen more bases than Collins." - CMG Worldwide
National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque Inscription
EDWARD TROWBRIDGE COLLINS
PHILADELPHIA - CHICAGO
FAMED AS BATSMAN, BASE RUNNER
AND SECOND BASEMAN AND ALSO AS
FIELD CAPTAIN. BATTED .333 DURING
MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER. SECOND ONLY
TO TY COBB IN MODERN BASE STEALING.
MADE 3313 HITS IN 2826 GAMES.
"The fiery second baseman starred in the famous $100,000 infield in Philadelphia and also for the Chicago White Sox. The 'choke-grip batting style (Eddie) Collins used proved fruitful. For 10 seasons, he batted over .340, helping him earn membership in the exclusive 3,000-hit club. An aggressive and confident second baseman, he was also an outstanding baserunner." - National Baseball Hall of Fame