Johnny Klippstein

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Johnny Klippstein
Johnny Klippstein 1954.jpg
Born: (1927-10-17)October 17, 1927
Washington, D.C.
Died: October 10, 2003(2003-10-10) (aged 75)
Elgin, Illinois
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 3, 1950 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
May 27, 1967 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
Win-loss record 101–118
Earned run average 4.24
Strikeouts 1158
Saves 66
Career highlights and awards
  • World Series champion: 1959
  • Led AL in saves (14) in 1960
  • Ranks 73rd on MLB all-time games pitched list (711)

John Calvin Klippstein (October 17, 1927 – October 10, 2003) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball (mostly as a reliever) for a number of teams throughout his career. The most prominent portion of his career was spent early on with the Chicago Cubs (1950–1954). In 18 years, he finished with a 101–118 record and a 4.24 ERA in 711 games (161 starts). He had 1158 strikeouts in 1,967 2/3 innings pitched. Klippstein was often known for his control problems.

He won a World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959, but played a much more significant role in the Minnesota Twins pennant run in 1965. He was the son-in-law of former pitcher Dutch Leonard. Klippstein was tied (with Mike Fornieles) for the league lead in saves in 1960 when he had 14.

Klippstein died while listening to a radio broadcast of the Cubs versus Florida Marlins game of the National League Championship Series.[1]

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  1. ^ "Johnny Klippstein". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 

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