On March 2, 1901 — Jimmy Collins, the choice of Connie Mack as the best all-time third baseman, switches leagues but not cities. Collins leaves the Boston Beaneaters National League club to manage the new Boston Americans of the American League. The Beaneaters will also lose outfielder Hugh Duffy, who becomes manager of Milwaukee’s new AL entry, and catcher Billy Sullivan, who signs with the Chicago White Sox. More than half the AL rosters – a total of 185 – will be filled by former NL players.
Collins, a future Hall of famer will have 7 productive seasons playing for the Americans (Red Sox) and have 9 hits in the first World Series in 1903.