Thursday, March 3, 2016
RIP - Kevin Collins
Former MLB 3rd baseman Kevin Collins passed away on February 20, 2016 at age 69.
Collins played a few games with the Mets in 1965 and 1967, then was recalled to the Mets in late-May 1968 and spent the remainder of that season sharing the 3rd base job with the veteran Ed Charles.
He began the Miracle Mets' 1969 season with New York, but in mid-June was traded to the Expos (along with pitcher Steve Renko) for 1st baseman Donn Clendenon. (Clendenon went on to the the World Series' MVP that year.) Collins spent his final 2 seasons (1970-71) playing for the Tigers.
The Mets Baseball Cards Like They Ought To Be blog broke the news of Collins' passing 2 days later, but it was a full week until it was acknowledged by Baseball-Reference.com.
I still can't find any online obituaries for Collins.