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Clem Labine

Clem Labine

Position(s):
P
Born:
August 6, 1926
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6'
Weight:
180 lbs
Major League Debut:
4-18-1950 with BRO

Intro

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.

Quotes About

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

Best Season

He led the NL in games (60), and finished third in saves, with 11. He also notched 13 victories and clubbed three home runs.

Factoid 1

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.

Factoid 2

Clem Labine made 26 parachute jumps while serving in World War II.

Description

"Clem is a nice looking boy of 25 with a blond crewcut and the frendliest of smiles." — from TSN, April 2, 1952

 
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