The stereotypical hard-drinking baseball bum, Raymond was considered a better pitcher
when lacking in sobriety, and unfortunately his managers took advantage of this;
all except John McGraw
, who made a serious effort to save the man. Despite Raymond's
2.03 ERA in 1908, the spitballer lost a league-high 25 games for the Cardinals. He
was 18-12 for the Giants in 1909, his most effective season. Finally axed in 1911,
he died shortly thereafter of a blow to the head in a barroom brawl.