James Joseph Collins (January 16, 1870 - March 6, 1943) was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century who was widely regarded as being the American League's best third baseman prior to Brooks Robinson.
Collins asserted himself as a skilled player in 1897 when he held a .346 batting average and knocked in 132 runs. He followed with an equally impressive 1898 season, in which he hit .328, drove in 111 runs and belted a league-high 15 home runs. However it was his defense that made him a star. He was best known for his ability to field a bunt and is regarded as a huge pioneer of the modern defensive play of a thirdbasemen.
Jimmy Collins is interred in Holy Cross Cemetery in Lackawanna, New York.