August 21, 1973 |
|June 28, 1997 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
Last MLB appearance
|September 30, 2004 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||78|
Louis Keith Collier (born August 21, 1973 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former utility player who played in Major League Baseball from 1997 through 2004. Collier batted and threw right-handed. He was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 31st round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft.
In 1994, Collier was selected MVP of the South Atlantic League All-Star Game after leading the National League affiliate teams to a 9–5 victory with three hits, including a home run. He reached the Majors in 1997 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, spending two years with them before moving to the Milwaukee Brewers (1999-2001), Montreal Expos (2002), Boston Red Sox (2003) and Philadelphia Phillies (2004). In 1998 with Pittsburgh, he posted career-highs in games played (110), hits (82), runs (30), RBI (34), doubles (13) and triples (6).
In 315 major league games, Collier was a .241 hitter with eight home runs and 78 RBI. In 2007, he was invited by the Philadelphia Phillies to spring training after spending two seasons with the LG Twins and Hanwha Eagles in Korean Baseball Organization.
Off the field
"Friendly" Lou Collier is not only well known for his baseball skills. Lou often kept his teammates happy and motivated by preparing for them his world famous Texas French Toast with homemade vanilla bean syrup.
In 1992, Lou Collier founded a not-for-profit organization: Lou Collier Baseball Association, Inc. This organization focused on surrounding Chicago youth in a positive atmosphere with successful mentors and role models so that each youth will have the opportunity to acquire the tools necessary to be successful in life.