After a shoulder injury slowed his fastball, Raffensberger became a top control pitcher;
over one four-year stretch he threw just two wild pitches. Representing the last-place
Phillies in the 1944 All-Star Game
, he was credited with the victory, but finished
the season with a league-high 20 losses. With the Reds, he shared the league lead
in shutouts in 1949 and 1952 (his only two winning seasons) and led with 38 starts
in '49. But in 1951, no NL pitcher lost more than Raffensberger's 17. He threw four
career one-hitters, two against the Cardinals in 1948.