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Shano Collins: 1920

Shano Collins: 1920

John "Shano" Collins, first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, at bat in 1920. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.


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Collins had a good year in 1920

BA .303
OPS .339
SLG .392
1 HR
63 RBI

In comparison Babe Ruth hit 57 HR and had 137 RBI's in 19020

Worth at least 2 or 3 million these days but you can be sure he had an off season job to make ends meet back in those days.

The screening would have to be a batting cage since if it was in place during a game it would interfere with just about any foul pop up.

Maybe the catcher caught batting practice for both teams and was not on the roster.

Incredible shot!

Incredible shot!

Polo Grounds

Polo Grounds, it is. Thanks for the info. Quite a wonderful site.

Polo Grounds

The ballpark in question isn't in Cleveland, but the Polo Grounds in NYC. It was home for the Yankees in the years immediately before Yankee Stadium opened in 1923.

Google Images didn't produce any good photographs, but the drawing at (sorry about the commercial site) shows the same facade as in the Shano Collins photo above.

Shano Collins

It looks like Collins is wearing an "away" uniform. The catcher is on the "home" team. So what ballpark is it? I'm guessing Cleveland Memorial Stadium.

Batting cage with catcher?

That looks like a batting cage (or part of one) behind the catcher, which suggests the picture was taken during batting practice. These days there is no catcher during BP. Were things different in 1920, or was the catcher there for the sake of the photo?

[That looks like too many people in the stands for just batting practice. - Dave]

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