Johnny Klippstein

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Johnny Klippstein
Johnny Klippstein 1954.jpg
Pitcher
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
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 101–118
Earned run average 4.24
Strikeouts 1,158
Saves 66
Teams
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 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". www.historicbaseball.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 

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