October 17, 1927|
|Died: October 10, 2003
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|May 3, 1950 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 27, 1967 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Earned run average||4.24|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 an 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.
- "Johnny Klippstein". www.historicbaseball.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Bio from Cool of the Evening: The 1965 Minnesota Twins
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