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Bill Reidy
(1896, 1899, 1901-04)
On June 2, 1901, pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers, Reidy gave up ten consecutive hits to the Boston Americans -- a major league record. Nine runs scored.
Bill Rhodes
Making his second start for the Louisville Colonels on 14 June 1893, Rhodes gave up 55 total bases -- an all-time record. Rhodes only pitched in the majors one year because he allowed 244 hits in 151.2 innings for a 7.60 ERA.
John Lee Richmond
(1879-83, 1886)
On June 12, 1880, Richmond pitched the first perfect game in National League history as his Worchester Ruby Legs defeated Cleveland 1-0.
Cal Ripken, Jr.
(HOF) "Iron Man" became the first AL short stop ever to hit .300 with 30-plus homers and 100-plus ribbies.
Wilbert Robertson
On June 10, 1892, Baltimore Orioles catcher Robinson went 7-for-7 and had 11 RBIs in a nine-inning game against St. Louis. Robinson led the last-place O's in RBI that year -- with 57.
Frank Robinson

(HoF) After winning NL MVP honors in 1961, Robinson was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to Baltimore in '66. That year Robinson won the Triple Crown (.316, 49, 133), hit a pair of homers in the World Series, and was voted the AL MVP -- becoming the first and only player to win that honor in both leagues.
Minnie Rojas
In one of the most tragic of stories, Rojas (23-16, 3.00 ERA) pitched three seasons with the Los Angeles Angels before an auto accident, in which he lost his wife and two children, left him permanently paralyzed.
Amos Rusie
This Hall of Famer, who played for the New York Giants, led the NL in strikeouts five times. In 1893 he was the only NL pitcher who collected more than 107 strikeouts -- he had 208 that year. The Hoosier Thunderbolt was only 27 when he won his 243rd -- and final -- game in 1898.