Ray Grimes was an instant phenom for the Cubs when he joined them for his rookie season of 1922. He was an absolute RBI machine, one of the great clutch hitters of his era. During that season he set a record that still stands today when he got an RBI in seventeen consecutive games. During that streak he was so "in the zone" that he was unconscious. In 66 at bats, he had 28 hits, including eight doubles, two triples, three homers, and 27 RBI. The Cubs thought they had a first baseman that would hold down the position for a decade. The Sporting News said: "He's about the best looking first sacker to wear a Cubs uniform since Frank Chance."
Unfortunately for Ray and the Cubs, his sophomore season was an entirely different experience. In May of 1923, he badly dislocated his back sliding into second base; a very serious injury. Instead of taking the time to recuperate, he rushed back onto the field a few weeks later, and re-injured himself. That put him out for two months.
It was an injury he couldn't quite shake. The following season he started off well too, but was reinjured in June, and by July 8th of the following year, the Cubs decided they didn't need him anymore. By then they had another first baseman (Harry Cotter). Ray Grimes--their great hope of only a few years earlier--was released.
In his four seasons in Chicago he hit .321, .354, .329, and .299.
He re-surfaced briefly in 1926 on the Phillies, and could still hit (.297), but his back simply wouldn't allow him to play on a regular basis.
Ray Grimes became another "what could have been" story in a long line of them for the Chicago Cubs.