John McGraw once said: “I shall never forget Bugs Raymond. There, by the way, was one of the greatest natural pitchers that ever lived. He had his odd ways of thinking while off the field, but once in the box he knew exactly what he was doing. All we had to do was to keep him in physical condition. That, though, was the thing nobody ever succeeded in doing.”
Bugs only had two successful seasons in the majors—1908, when he was the ace of the dreadful St. Louis Cardinals, and 1909, when he went 18-12 for the Giants.
Raymond unfortunately drank himself out of the National League in 1910 and a year later was dead at the age of 30.
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