Thursday, October 15, 2015

#463 - Dave Collins

What a card: Dave Collins was already a member of the Oakland A's when this card was issued. He was traded by Toronto, along with shortstop Alfredo Griffin, for relief pitcher Bill Caudill in December, 1984.

My observation on the front: That's a pretty appropriate shot of Collins bolting out of the box. He was often referred to as the fastest white guy in baseball.

More opinion from me: Collins seemed to have a dozen different looks on his baseball cards. It didn't help that he changed teams a lot. It was almost as if he was a different person each year.

Something you might know: Collins was the first batter in Seattle Mariners history, hitting lead-off (as the designated hitter) against the Angels' Frank Tanana.

Something you might not know: Collins played for legendary American Legion coach David Ploof, the winningest coach in Legion history, who led the Rapid City, S.D., Post 22 team for 46 years. Ploof's players also included future major leaguers Mark Ellis and Kelvin Torve.

My observation on the back: Those 15 triples Collins hit in 1984 really stand out, since he had no more than six in any other year. He led the AL in triples that season.

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