Clem Labine

1952 Topps

A three-time all star, Labine pitched for 13 years in the big leagues, leading the National League in saves twice and helping the Dodgers to three World Series titles. Labine pitched one game in 1950 for the Brooklyn Dodgers and returned the next season to pitch in another 14, winning five and finishing third in National League Rookie of the Year voting. By 1955 he was one of the top relief pitchers in baseball. He went 13-5 that season with 11 saves. His 60 games pitched was tops in the league and he finished 15th in the MVP vote. Labine saved 19 games the next year, earning a trip to the All-Star Game and more MVP votes in the process. His performance in the 1955 World Series was key for Brooklyn as he finished each of their four wins, although he earned just one save for the world champions. He had another great year in 1956 and pitched 12 scoreless innings in the 1956 World Series, which the Dodgers lost to the New York Yankees. He earned trips to the All-Star Game in 1956 and 1957 which were the two years he led the National League in saves. Labine moved with the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958 and saved 14 games for the team. He was less effective the next couple years but was a member of the World Series winning teams with Los Angeles in 1959 and Pittsburgh in 1960. Labine called it quits after pitching in three games for the New York Mets in 1962. At the time of his retirement, Labine was the Dodgers all-time leader in saves and games pitched. Following his baseball career, Labine worked for a manufacturing company. He died in Vero Beach, Florida on March 2, 2007.


Clem Labine – career stats

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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