Claude Raymond

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Jean Claude Marc Raymond CM (born May 7, 1937) is a former pitcher for the Chicago White Sox (1959), Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1961–63, 1967–69), Houston Colt .45's/Astros (1964–67) and Montreal Expos (1969–71).

Claude Raymond CM
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Pitcher
Born: (1937-05-07) May 7, 1937 (age 84)
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 15, 1959, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1971, for the Montreal Expos
MLB statistics
Win–loss record46–53
Earned run average3.66
Strikeouts497
Saves82
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Canadian
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Induction1984

He was one of the few baseball players to wear glasses during that era and as he came from the province of Quebec was nicknamed "Frenchy".

Playing careerEdit

Raymond pitched in three games for Chicago in early 1959. Although he was traded from the National League West-leading Atlanta Braves to the expansion Montreal Expos in 1969, Raymond remarked this was one of the happiest moments of his life as he was able to play for his home province.

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.

Post-playing careerEdit

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. The International Olympic Committee required that announcements at Olympic venues must also be made in French, which made Raymond, who had previously pitched in Atlanta, 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 a roving coach in 2002 and served until the team left Montreal after the 2004 campaign to become the Washington Nationals.[1]

Honours and awardsEdit

Raymond was named to the 1966 National League All-Star Team. Raymond was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, in its second year of operation.

In June 2019 Raymond was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Expos unveil coaching staff". CBCSports. CBC/Radio-Canada. February 17, 2002. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (2019-06-20). "Governor General Announces 83 New Appointments to the Order of Canada". The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  3. ^ Dunlevy, T'Cha (2019-06-27). "Alanis Obomsawin, 15 other Quebecers to receive Order of Canada". Montreal Gazette. Archived from the original on 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2019-07-04.

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