Born: October 17, 1927|
Died: October 10, 2003 75) (aged|
|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|
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.
- List of Major League Baseball all-time saves leaders
- List of Major League Baseball annual saves leaders
- "Johnny Klippstein". www.historicbaseball.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Bio from Cool of the Evening: The 1965 Minnesota Twins