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Frank Fennelly
Playing shortstop for the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1886, Fennelly became the first player to make 100 errors in a season. He committed 117, to be exact.
Jocko Flynn
Pitcher Jocko Flynn had a 23-6 record and 2.24 ERA with the Chicago White Stockings in their pennant-winning campaign of 1886 -- and never pitched again in the majors.
Davy Force
On June 27, 1876, Philadelphia Athletics shortstop Force -- all 5'4", 130 lbs of him -- became the first player in major league history to get six hits in a nine-inning game.
George Foster
In his day Foster was one of the best sluggers in the majors, leading the league in home runs twice (1977, 1978) and RBIs three times (1976, 1977, 1978). In 1977 he earned MVP honors with 52 homers and 149 ribbies, and had a batting average over .300 four times.
Buck Freeman
Freeman led the NL in homers in 1899 with 25, a feat all the more remarkable because that year only one other player, Bobby Wallace of St. Louis, posted double-digit homers.