Rick Reiss was one of the top two-way players in Sheboygan A`s history.
A left-handed pitcher and centerfielder, Reiss played for parts of eight seasons. He came up with the club in 1965 and played regularly from 1966-1970. He moved out of the area when he graduated from UW-La Crosse and accepted a job teaching physical education in Marion. He returned to Sheboygan in 1975 when he accepted a job with the fire department. Reiss played consistently in 1976, but work and family commitments made it difficult to continue his baseball career, and he retired after appearing in only one game in 1977.
Reiss, a 1965 graduate of Sheboygan North High School, was the Most Valuable Player on the 1968 Land O` Lakes championship team. He went 5-2 with a 1.86 ERA that year, striking out 84 batters in 72.2 innings and appearing in 16 games.
Reiss followed up the 1968 season with another five-win campaign, striking out 97 batters in 80.2 innings, completing seven of his nine starts. He posted a 0.89 ERA that season, which still stands as a single season record. Reiss tossed two shutouts in 1969, a one-hitter over Grafton and a four-hitter over Theinsville-Mequon. Reiss` 2.01 career ERA stands as the second best all-time for the A`s. He struck out 310 batters in 269 innings, a total that ranks 9th all-time. Reiss hurt his arm his senior year in college and pitched more sparingly in 1970, though he managed three saves, eighth on the single season list.
Reiss posted a .301 career batting average and hit 15 triples, sixth on the career list. He drove in seven runs on August 13, 1976 against the Oshkosh Knights and scored five runs on May 30, 1970 against Kewaskum. Both rank second on the single game charts.
Reiss served as the Fire Chief in Sheboygan the final seven years of his career and has spent a great deal of time working with the United Way. He and his wife, Pam, have a son, John (Tricia), a daughter Kari (Jason Meyer), and two grandchildren.