Kevin Collins

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Kevin Michael Collins

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Light hitting Kevin "Casey" Collins survived six years in the major leagues during the second dead-ball era, compiling a meager .209/.245/.320 batting line. His last year was his best with the bat as he hit .268 and slugged .439 in 41 at bats for a Detroit Tigers team which went 91-71 in 1971. He hit the first pinch-hit home run in the history of the Montreal Expos, on July 17, 1969, against future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Collins had joined the Expos as part of the return from the New York Mets to acquire Donn Clendenon.

Collins went to Technical High School in Springfield, MA, and was signed as a bonus baby in 1964. He earned a degree from North Adams State College by studying during the offseason after he had turned pro. He left baseball in 1974 while still playing well because he did not want to keep uprooting his family for the peripatetic baseball life. He worked for 20 years for an automotive supply company, passing away at 69 in 2016.

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