- August 6, 1926
- 180 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-18-1950 with BRO
Even though he tipped his pitches for most of his career, slender right-hander Clem Labine looped his curveball over the plate for 13 seasons, serving as a valuable relief pitcher, primarily for the Dodgers. He twice led the National League in saves. The Rhode Island-native pitched in relief in four games in the 1955 World Series for Brooklyn, and started and won Game Six of the Fall Classic the following year, hurling a shutout.
He played the game the way it was supposed to be played. He gave it everything he had, he got along with everyone and everyone loved him." Tommy Lasorda
He led the NL in games (60), and finished third in saves, with 11. He also notched 13 victories and clubbed three home runs.
To remind himself to turn over his non-pitching hand over his pitching hand to better hide the ball from the batter, Clem Labine printed the letters "T-U-R-N" on the four fingers of his glove.
Clem Labine made 26 parachute jumps while serving in World War II.
"Clem is a nice looking boy of 25 with a blond crewcut and the frendliest of smiles." — from TSN, April 2, 1952
- Clem Labine