Once described as a pitcher with a million dollars worth of talent and 25 cents worth
of enthusiasm, Collins apparently played baseball only to support his real pleasures:
hunting and fishing in the off-season, bright lights and parties during the season.
He claimed to have become a beer drinker at age six, and his nickname came from a
pre-Prohibition brand of whiskey. A four-sport star at Texas A & M, Collins won 14
games as a Yankee rookie in 1920, matched that figure with the Red Sox in 1922, and
again with the Tigers in '24. He later became a law enforcement officer in Texas.
»October 18, 1922: The Tigers trade pitchers Carl Holling and Howard Ehmke, along with infielder Danny Clark, outfielder Babe Herman, and $25,000 to Boston for 2B Del Pratt and P Rip Collins. Pratt has two more .300 seasons left; Collins and Ehmke provide long-term benefits to their clubs. Herman, 19, won’t make it to the big leagues until 1926, and then it will be with Brooklyn.
»May 31, 1927: Detroit 1B Johnny Neun pulls off the 2nd unassisted triple play in two days. It happens in the 9th against Cleveland to end the game when Neun catches Homer Summa's line drive, touches Charlie Jamieson in the baseline and runs to 2B where he tags the base Glenn Myatt has vacated. Detroit wins 1–0. Rip Collins escapes with the win.