He was supervisor of officials for the National Basketball Association (National Basketball Association) for 12 years, until he was fired in 1961. As a baseball scout, he was credited with finding and signing players (and future executives) such as Delegate Ennis, Tommy Lasorda, Dallas Green, Bob Bailor, Dick Allen, and Dave May.
Collins was born in New York and raised in the Portuguese Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. He attended Saint Joseph"s Preparatory School and Saint Joseph"s College, where he was captain of the baseball and basketball teams and graduated in 1927.
He also served as a high school basketball coach and scouted for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. He died in Philadelphia in 1986 at the age of 80.