It’s playoff time in the Major Leagues but Vermont Historical Society executive director Steve Perkins tells us about a Red Sox World Series champion from Vermont, Ray Williston Collins.
There’s a historical marker at the site of his farm on Route 7 in Colchester.
“Ray Collins. Great player. From Vermont. Farm kid. Grew up, went to UVM. Snatched from UVM for the Red Sox.” said Perkins. “He actually won a World Series with them in 1912. He played from 1909 to 1915 and then retired back to Vermont on that very farm where the marker is.”
Perkins says Collins’ story is indicative of the love of the game of baseball in Vermont. From the end of the Civil War to the early 20th century. Every town had a team. Every city had a team. There were amateur teams all the way up to pro teams. Even in Montpelier they have the Northern League and they played in Burlington and Rutland and Bennington and Brattleboro. So, you could pick up baseball any day of the week.”
Collins had a career record of 84-62 with 511 strikeouts and a 2.51 ERA.
He retired early and returned to his farm in Colchester. He coached baseball at UVM and served in the Vermont House. Collins was part of the inaugural class of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
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