Bugs Raymond was an outstanding spitball pitcher about a century ago. He was also badly alcoholic — teammate Rube Marquard said Raymond didn't spit on the ball, he merely breathed on it and the ball got drunk — and he died at age 30.
Which takes some of the humor (but not all) out of this tale:
A waiter in one of Raymond's favorite taverns asked him how he threw his famous spitball. The pitcher picked up a glass tumbler as if it were a ball, demonstrated the grip, explained how he wetted two fingers, then wound up and fired the tumbler through the establishment's plate glass window.
"Notice," the pitcher said as he sat down, "the break."