Dave Collins

David S. Collins (born October 20, 1952) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball from 1975 to 1990.

Dave Collins
Born: (1952-10-20) October 20, 1952 (age 67)
Rapid City, South Dakota
Batted: Switch Threw: Left
MLB debut
June 7, 1975, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1990, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average.272
Home runs32
Runs batted in373
Stolen bases395

Collins is one of three players to have made it to the major leagues who played for the Rapid City Post 22 American Legion baseball program in Rapid City, South Dakota. The other two are Kelvin Torve and Mark Ellis. All three were graduates of Stevens High School.

Playing careerEdit


David S. Collins was drafted in the first round of the 1972 draft from Mesa Community College by the California Angels. Collins made his professional debut with the Angels Rookie ball team in Idaho Falls and moved up through the Angels farm system, with stops in Single-A Quad City and Salinas, Double-A El Paso and Triple-A Salt Lake City. Collins was dubbed "fastest white man in baseball" because he ran the 100-yard dash in 9.6 seconds and had high stolen base totals.

California AngelsEdit

Collins made his major league debut for the Angels on June 7, 1975, playing left field and batting leadoff, against the Milwaukee Brewers. Collins recorded his first career hit the following day against Brewers pitcher Tom Murphy.

Seattle MarinersEdit

After two seasons as a utility player and reserve outfielder with the Angels, Collins was selected by the Seattle Mariners with the 14th pick in the 1976 Major League Baseball expansion draft. Collins was the first batter for the Mariners in their first game, and scored the franchise's first run two days later.[1]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

After that 1977 season, the Mariners traded Collins to the Cincinnati Reds for Shane Rawley, and Collins spent the subsequent four seasons with the Reds. Collins hit .318 in 1979 and .303 in 1980, during which he also stole 79 bases.

New York YankeesEdit

Collins was signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent prior to the 1982 season.

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

Collins was traded by the Yankees, along with Mike Morgan, Fred McGriff and cash to the Toronto Blue Jays in 1983 for Tom Dodd and Dale Murray. Collins hit .271 and .308 in his two seasons in Toronto, and currently holds the Blue Jays single season stolen base record with 60 steals in 1984.

Oakland A'sEdit

Collins was traded in December 1984 by the Blue Jays, along with Alfredo Griffin and cash, to the Oakland Athletics, in exchange for Bill Caudill. Collins hit .251 in 112 games for Oakland during the 1985 season.

Detroit TigersEdit

Collins was then traded to the Detroit Tigers for Bárbaro Garbey in November 1985. As a part-time outfielder with Detroit, Collins hit .270 and stole 27 bases.

Montreal ExposEdit

Picked up by the Montreal Expos as a free agent after the season, Collins was cut during spring training.

Cincinnati RedsEdit

Collins was signed by the Cincinnati Reds, with whom he had previously had the most success. Used as a fourth outfielder/pinch hitter by the Reds, Collins found some success, hitting .294 in 1987, but his average dropped to .236 in 1988. In 1989, he was released.

St. Louis CardinalsEdit

Collins' last season was in 1990, with the St. Louis Cardinals, batting .224 in 99 games as a first baseman.

Career statisticsEdit

In 1701 games over 16 seasons, Collins compiled a .272 batting average (1335-for-4907) with 667 runs, 187 doubles, 52 triples, 32 home runs, 373 RBI, 395 stolen bases, 467 base on balls, 660 strikeouts, .338 on-base percentage and .351 slugging percentage. Defensively, Collins recorded a .986 fielding percentage at all three outfield positions and at first base.


Collins played briefly for the Fort Myers Sun Sox of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

Collins has volunteered at the Lighthouse Correctional Facility, conducting one-hour motivational and life skills sessions to young offenders, with the hope of enhancing and changing their lives.[citation needed]

Coaching careerEdit

Collins coached for various MLB organization, and also coached the Inland Empire 66ers in 2007. In addition to coaching at the Major and Minor League levels, Collins was also the head coach for Anna High School in Anna, Ohio, from 1992 to 1994. Collins was the head baseball and basketball coach for Lake Orion High School in Lake Orion, Michigan, from 1996 to 1998. In 2009, he was assistant coach for the Ontario Blue Jays 18U team. In 2018, Collins was an assistant coach at Miami University Hamilton, with focus on outfield and base running. As of 2019, Collins is an assistant coach at Indiana University Southeast.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mariners Firsts, Seattle Mariners. Accessed September 24, 2008.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jim Riggleman
St. Louis Cardinals first base coach
Succeeded by
Jack Hubbard
Preceded by
Ron Oester
Cincinnati Reds first base coach
Succeeded by
Bill Doran
Preceded by
Alan Cockrell
Salem Avalanche Manager
Succeeded by
Stu Cole
Preceded by
Luis Salazar
Milwaukee Brewers first base coach
Succeeded by
Dave Nelson
Preceded by
Dallas Williams
Colorado Rockies first base coach
Succeeded by
Glenallen Hill
Preceded by
Gary Thurman
Inland Empire 66ers Manager
Succeeded by
John Valentin
Preceded by
Andy Fox
Florida Marlins first base coach
Succeeded by
Perry Hill