John Calvin Klippstein (October 17, 1927 – October 10, 2003) was an American professional baseball pitcher (mostly a reliever), who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for a number of teams, over an 18-season career. The most prominent portion of his early career was spent with the Chicago Cubs (1950–1954). Klippstein’s career stat line included a 101–118 record, with a 4.24 earned run average (ERA), in 711 games (161 of them as a starter). He had 1,158 strikeouts in 1,967 2/3 innings pitched. Klippstein was often known for his control problems.
|Born: October 17, 1927|
|Died: October 10, 2003 (aged 75)|
|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|
Klippstein became a world champion with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the 1959 World Series, but played a much more significant role in the Minnesota Twins’ pennant run in 1965. He was the son-in-law of (the late) MLB pitcher Dutch Leonard. Klippstein was tied (with Mike Fornieles) for the league lead in saves in 1960, with 14.
- "Johnny Klippstein". www.historicbaseball.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
- Johnny Klippstein at SABR (Baseball BioProject)
- Johnny Klippstein at Baseball Almanac
- A Pennant for the Twin Cities: The 1965 Minnesota Twins at SABR (Baseball Games Project)
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