WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Eddie Collins 1887-1951 Original Hall of Famer FINAL RESTING PLACE: Linwood Cemetery, Weston. MOST MEMORABLE ACHIEVEMENTS: Member of original Baseball Hall of Fame (class of 1939). First player in 20th century to steal six bases in one game (September 11, 1912); did so again 11 days later. MOST DUBIOUS ACHIEVEMENTS: One of the clean members of the 1919 Chicago "Black Sox" team that threw the World Series to Cincinnati. In 1945, as vice president/general manager of the Red Sox, he was a no-show at the Boston tryout of Jackie Robinson and two other Negro League players. STATS: .333 lifetime batting average, 3,315 hits (ninth of all time), 1,821 runs scored, and 745 stolen bases (seventh of all time). Played his last game at age 43 in August 1930. LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Played first major league game in 1906 under the alias "Eddie T. Sullivan" for the Philadelphia Athletics while still in college. TEAMS: Played second base for the Athletics (1906-14) and Chicago White Sox (1915-30). BOSTON CONNECTION: Hired in 1933 by grade school classmate Tom Yawkey to be vice president and general manager of the Red Sox; sidelined in late 1940s by illness. SUPERSTITIONS: Though nicknamed "Cocky" for his brashness, he engaged in quirky good luck rituals: sticking gum on his hat before batting and then chomping on it furiously after two-strikes; never changing game socks during a winning streak; and asking someone to spit on his hat before a game. WESTON CONNECTION: Purchased estate at 455 Concord Road in 1935; married second wife, Emily Jane Hall, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Weston. Weston historian Pamela Fox says that Collins was known for handing out Sox tickets to neighborhood kids. EARLY LIFE: Born in Millerton, New York; raised in Tarrytown, New York; and graduated from Columbia University. 82 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 VIP, RIP (In Weston) C O U R T E S Y L I B R A R Y O F C O N G R E S S top: Eddie Collins bottom: Baseball card featuring Eddie Collins

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