A slow-footed backstop and lesser-known component on the New York Yankees’ “Murderers Row” installments from 1926 through 1928, Missouri native Pat Collins launched 20 home runs during those pennant-winning campaigns, only to be overshadowed by his glamorous teammates. While Collins’ name may not readily come to mind when recalling those pinstriper teams, his autograph ranks as one of the scarcest. Encapsulated and Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA/DNA, this blue ballpoint Collins penning is a “missing link” to many Bronx collections.
Did you know…?
On June 8, 1923 at Shibe Park, Collins became the only player in Major League history to pinch run and pinch hit in the same game. On the bench for the St. Louis Browns that afternoon, Collins was called upon to pinch run for teammate Homer Ezzell in the third inning (legend has it that Ezzell had to make an emergency trip to the restroom). Fast forward to the 9th inning, and Collins was inserted to pinch hit for teammate Ray Kolp and was allowed to do so after Athletics manager Connie Mack waived the “no free substitution” rule.