4/24/2013 4:20 P.M. ET
Ryan's six hits in a game tops in Phils' history
By Larry Shenk / Philadelphia Phillies
There have been over 1,900 players who have worn the Phillies uniform in the franchise's 130 previous seasons. Only one ever had six hits in a game.
That one was Connie Ryan, a 33-year-old second baseman. During a 14-12 day-game loss to the Pirates in Pittsburgh on April 16, 1953, Ryan went 6-for-6 as the leadoff hitter. It was the Phillies' third game of the season.
Ryan's at-bat-by-at-bat performance:
First inning: single
Third inning: single
Fifth inning: single and a double (nine-run inning)
Seventh inning: double
Ninth inning: single
In the first three games, Ryan was 9-for-13, hitting a robust .692. Ryan was hitless in his next game, which came four days later.
Ryan was dealt to the Phillies in a seven-player trade with the Cincinnati Reds during the 1951 Winter Meetings. He hit .241 in 154 games in 1952. Four months after his record-setting performance, the Chicago White Sox claimed him on waivers from the Phillies. Ryan was hitting .296 in 90 games at the time the Sox picked him up. He spent most of his career with the Braves and was part of their organization in three cities, Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta.
Since Ryan is the record holder for one game, let's take a look at others who hold records for hits in Phillies history:
4, Edwin Freed (Sept. 11, 1942 vs. Cincinnati)
Season, left-handed hitter
254, Lefty O'Doul (1929)
Season, right-handed hitter
213, Dave Cash (1975)
201, Dick Allen (1964)
2,234, Mike Schmidt
9, Dick Sisler (1950), Eddie Waitkus ('50), Dave Philley ('58-59), Jayson Werth (2007)
22, Greg Dobbs (2008)
117, Greg Gross
9, Dave Philley
38, Jimmy Rollins (2005-06)
Rookie hitting streak
23, Goldie Rapp (1921), Richie Ashburn ('48)
Larry Shenk is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.