Ripper Collins Stats

Ripper Collins was born on Wednesday, March 30, 1904, in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Collins was 27 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1931, with the St. Louis Cardinals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Ripper Collins baseball stats page.

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"One of the most popular members of the Cardinals' famed 'Gas House Gang' teams of the early 1930s, James 'Ripper' Collins spent eight long years in the minor leagues before he finally arrived in St. Louis in 1931. Once he did, however, Collins quickly established himself as one of the team's most potent batsmen, rivaling Joe Medwick during his six seasons in St. Louis, the switch-hitting Collins batted over .300 four times, led the Cardinals in home runs three times, and topped them in RBIs twice. In helping St. Louis win two world championships, Collins also earned All-Star honors twice and one top-ten finish in the National League Most Valuable Player voting." - Author Robert W. Cohen in The 50 Greatest Players in St. Louis Cardinals History (Scarecrow Press, August 22, 2013, "No. 41 Ripper Collins", Page 283)

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Birth Name:
James Anthony Collins
Nickname:
Ripper
Born On:
03-30-1904  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Year of Death Data Died On:
04-15-1970 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
New Haven, New York
Cemetery:
Mexico Village Cemetery, Mexico, New York
High School:
None Attended
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
5-09
Player Weight Chart Weight:
165
First Game:
04-18-1931 (Age 27)
Last Game:
09-28-1941
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Ripper Collins Pitching Stats

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Ripper Collins Hitting Stats

1931 27 Cardinals 89 279 34 84 20 10 4 0 59 18 0 24 1 0 3 1 .301 .350 .487
1932 28 Cardinals 149 549 82 153 28 8 21 0 91 38 0 67 8 0 3 7 .279 .329 .474
1933 29 Cardinals 132 493 66 153 26 7 10 0 68 38 0 49 8 0 3 13 .310 .363 .452
1934 30 Cardinals 154 600 116 200 40 12 35 0 128 57 2 50 3 0 2 11 .333 .393 .615
1935 31 Cardinals 150 578 109 181 36 10 23 1 122 65 2 45 1 0 3 5 .313 .385 .529
1936 32 Cardinals 103 277 48 81 15 3 13 1 48 48 1 30 1 0 1 4 .292 .399 .509
1937 33 Cubs 115 456 77 125 16 5 16 0 71 32 1 46 10 0 5 14 .274 .329 .436
1938 34 Cubs 143 490 78 131 22 8 13 0 61 54 9 48 8 0 3 13 .267 .344 .424
1941 37 Pirates 49 62 5 13 2 2 0 0 11 6 1 14 2 0 0 0 .210 .279 .306
9 Years 1,084 3,784 615 1,121 205 65 135 2 659 356 16 373 42 0 23 68 .296 .360 .492

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Ripper Collins Fielding Stats

1931 Cardinals 1B 68 62 1,616 608 8.9 605 563 42 3 54 n/a n/a n/a .995 10.11
1931 Cardinals LF 1 1 27 3 3.0 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1931 Cardinals RF 2 0 17 7 3.5 6 6 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .857 9.53
1932 Cardinals 1B 81 79 2,093 748 9.2 747 701 46 1 72 n/a n/a n/a .999 9.64
1932 Cardinals LF 14 13 339 219 15.6 215 214 1 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .982 17.12
1932 Cardinals RF 46 45 1,194 189 4.1 188 182 6 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .995 4.25
1933 Cardinals 1B 123 123 3,296 1,140 9.3 1,133 1,054 79 7 82 n/a n/a n/a .994 9.28
1934 Cardinals 1B 154 154 4,158 1,412 9.2 1,399 1,289 110 13 115 n/a n/a n/a .991 9.08
1935 Cardinals 1B 150 150 4,016 1,382 9.2 1,364 1,269 95 18 107 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.17
1936 Cardinals 1B 61 58 1,580 517 8.5 512 475 37 5 48 n/a n/a n/a .990 8.75
1936 Cardinals LF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1936 Cardinals RF 8 8 105 15 1.9 14 13 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .933 3.60
1937 Cubs 1B 111 111 2,940 1,159 10.4 1,148 1,068 80 11 94 n/a n/a n/a .991 10.54
1938 Cubs 1B 135 133 3,428 1,381 10.2 1,375 1,264 111 6 118 n/a n/a n/a .996 10.83
1941 Pirates 1B 11 4 105 76 6.9 72 64 8 4 5 n/a n/a n/a .947 18.51
1941 Pirates RF 3 2 48 2 0.7 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.13
1B Totals 894 874 23,232 8,423 9.4 8,355 7,747 608 68 695 n/a n/a n/a .992 9.71
RF Totals 59 55 1,364 213 3.6 210 203 7 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .986 4.16
LF Totals 16 14 372 222 13.9 218 217 1 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .982 15.82
9 Years 969 943 24,968 8,858 9.1 8,783 8,167 616 75 697 n/a n/a n/a .992 9.50

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Ripper Collins Miscellaneous Stats

1931 Cardinals 1 2 .333 19 0 n/a 69.8 11.6 4.7 - - -
1932 Cardinals 4 0 1.000 9 0 n/a 26.1 8.2 6.0 - - -
1933 Cardinals 7 0 1.000 9 0 n/a 49.3 10.1 7.3 - - -
1934 Cardinals 2 3 .400 0 0 n/a 17.1 12.0 4.7 - - -
1935 Cardinals 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 25.1 12.8 4.7 - - -
1936 Cardinals 1 0 1.000 33 0 n/a 21.3 9.2 5.8 - - -
1937 Cubs 2 3 .400 4 0 n/a 28.5 9.9 6.4 - - -
1938 Cubs 1 0 1.000 8 0 n/a 37.7 10.2 8.0 - - -
1941 Pirates 0 0 .000 35 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 5.6 - - -
9 Years 18 8 .692 117 0 n/a 28.0 10.1 5.7 - - -

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Ripper Collins Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1931 St. Louis Cardinals n/a Undetermined n/a Stats
1932 St. Louis Cardinals 8 Undetermined n/a -
1933 St. Louis Cardinals 12 Undetermined - -
1934 St. Louis Cardinals 12 Undetermined - Stats
1935 St. Louis Cardinals 12 Undetermined Stats -
1936 St. Louis Cardinals 12 Undetermined Stats -
1937 Chicago Cubs 3 Undetermined Stats -
1938 Chicago Cubs 3 Undetermined - Stats
1941 Pittsburgh Pirates 2 Undetermined - -
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The fewest putouts at first base in a complete game in either league is zero and Ripper Collins is the only Major League player in history to take part in two such contests - August 21, 1935 and June 29, 1937 . [ Putout Records for First Basemen ]

Ripper Collins
Ripper Collins | 1988 Conlon National All-Stars (#3) | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
Did you know that the most runs scored in a single game by a St. Louis Cardinals player is five, accomplished ten times? The record setters are: Rogers Hornsby ( April 18, 1925 ), Taylor Douthit ( September 16, 1926 ), George Watkins ( May 7, 1930 ), Ripper Collins ( July 6, 1934 ), Stan Musial ( May 19, 1948 ), Solly Hemus ( May 20, 1953 ), Wally Moon ( May 12, 1954 ), Lou Brock ( August 22, 1971 ), Garry Templeton ( April 27, 1977 ) and J.D. Drew ( May 1, 1999 ) - the only instance where the Cardinals lost, was in the game where Ripper scored five times.

Did you know that Ripper Collins (200 hits in 1934 ), Frankie Frisch (208 hits in 1927 ), Garry Templeton (200 hits in 1977 & 211 hits in 1979 ) and Willie McGee (216 hits in 1985 ) are the only St. Louis Cardinals switch hitters with 200-hit seasons?

Did you know that Ripper Collins is the only St. Louis Cardinals switch hitter in team history with a 120+ RBI season? In 1934 , Ripper drove in a franchise record 128 RBI and a year later (in 1935 ) he had his second 120+ RBI season (122 RBI).

Did you know that Ripper Collins is their only St. Louis Cardinals switch hitter to lead the National League in home runs ( Home Run Champions )? In 1934 , Ripper hit a career high 35 homers, tops in the National League, and the first Cardinal switch-hitter to eclipse the 30-homer plateau (since matched by Lance Berkman in 2011 , and Carlos Beltran in 2012 ).

Ripper Collins Baseball Card
Ripper Collins | 1994 Conlon Baseball Card (#1237) | Baseball Almanac Collection
When Ripper Collins took the field on April 12, 1932 , he was wearing #8 , the first St. Louis Cardinals player to wear the number.

Last-Modified: February 1, 2018 10:05 AM EST

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