Claude Raymond (baseball)
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Jean Claude Marc Raymond (born May 7, 1937) was a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox (1959), Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1961–63 and 1967–69), Houston Colt .45's/Astros (1964–67) and Montreal Expos (1969–71).
|Born: May 7, 1937|
|April 15, 1959, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 25, 1971, for the Montreal Expos|
|Earned run average||3.66|
|Career highlights and awards|
He was one of the few baseball players to wear glasses and as he came from the province of Quebec was nicknamed "Frenchy".
Although the White Sox won the 1959 American League pennant and the Braves won the 1969 National League Western Division, Raymond pitched in only three games for Chicago in early 1959 and was released by the Braves to Montréal in August 1969.
He was named to the 1966 National League All-Star Team.
In 12 seasons he compiled a 46–53 record, appeared in 449 games, started 7 games, recorded 2 complete games, 270 Games Finished, 83 Saves, 721 Innings Pitched, 711 Hits Allowed, 338 Runs Allowed, 293 Earned Runs Allowed, 75 Home Runs Allowed, 225 Walks Allowed, 497 Strikeouts, 28 Hit Batsmen, 32 Wild Pitches, 3,048 Batters Faced, 54 Intentional Walks, 4 Balks and a 3.66 ERA.
Claude was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, in its second year of operation.
Although he was traded from the division-leading Braves to the upstart Expos, Raymond remarked this was one of the happiest moments of his life as he was able to play for his home province.
After his playing career, Raymond worked as a French-language broadcaster with the Expos from 1972 to 2001.
During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Raymond was the public address announcer for baseball. This was because the International Olympic Committee specified that announcements at Olympic venues must also be made in French, which made Raymond, who had previously pitched in Atlanta, uniquely well suited for the job.
He was also an Expos English-language broadcaster in 2004, their last season in Montreal.
Raymond joined the Expos staff as their Roving Coach in 2002 and served for three seasons until the team departed Montreal after the 2004 campaign to become the Washington Nationals.
- "Expos unveil coaching staff". CBCSports. CBC/Radio-Canada. February 17, 2002. Retrieved May 4, 2015.