|These cards were found in a family scrap book. |
Baseball was very popular in Vermont
and was part of the Collins family fiber.
Each card measures 3" x 5" and has a
"Pease Bros and Pope, Outfitters, Burlington, VT"
stamp at the bottom.
|Brookes Avenue looking toward North Willard Street. |
Ray grew up in Burlington, VT and lived at 76 Brookes Avenue for a time.
|After graduating from Burlington High in 1905 he stayed in town and |
attended UVM. He played for the varsity basketball and tennis teams
as well as staring in baseball.
|The 1908 team finished at 15-8-2. Ray was offered a contract |
with the Red Sox at the end of the season but opted to finish out
his 4 years at UVM.
|The 1909 team posted a 13-9 record. In Ray's last game |
against Penn State he struck out 19 in a 4-1 win.
|Ray pitched the first baseball game ever played at Centennial Field |
as a Freshman in 1906 (his Freshman year he had a 0.70 ERA) and by
the time he graduated he was the winningest pitcher in UVM history.
He won 37 of the 50 games he started.
|Ray signed with the Red Sox in July 1909 soon after graduation |
and pitched in his first major league game on July 19.
The portrait and card are from 1910.
|Ray only saw limited action in 1909 and had an |
ERA of 2.81 with a 4-3 record. In 1910 he was
13-11 with an ERA of 1.62 and pitched a
1 hitter against the White Sox
|Ray showing the swing that garnered him a |
career .165 batting average in 419 total at bats.
He singled in his first major league at bat
and slugged his only HR 4 years later in 1913.
|written in pen on the back: |
Ray W. Collins -'09-'15
and in pencil:
Any others like there or better
25 yrs old-
|Fenway Park. Ray on the mound, loosening up.|
(This appears to be pre-game, judging by the amount of fans in the stands.)
|16" x 14 1/2". Small print says:"Compliments of Riker=Jaynes Drug Stores" |
and "Copyright Underwood & Underwood".
|Ray was a lefty control specialist with a side arm delivery.|
This photo gives the best indication of what
that delivery may have looked like.
The back of the photo has a press and photographer
stamp, along with the words "Do not copy"
|1915 World Champions.|
Ray is in the third row, far left
He was injured at some point during the season
and went unused in the bullpen for the Series.