Lou Collier

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Lou Collier
Utility player
Born: (1973-08-21) August 21, 1973 (age 40)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 28, 1997 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2004 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average .241
Home runs 8
Runs batted in 78
Teams

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.

Professional career[edit]

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.

On June 1, 2007, as a member of the Ottawa Lynx, Collier announced his retirement from professional baseball.[1]

Off the field[edit]

"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.[2]

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.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sun Staff Wire Services, "Sports Sunflashes", The Ottawa Sun, published June 2, 2007, accessed June 4, 2007.
  2. ^ StuffThatIsTrue.com, "[1]", Published August 19, 2006, accessed October 20, 2006

External links[edit]

African-American baseball players