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Johnny Klippstein

John Calvin Klippstein
Born: Oct. 17, 1927 in Washington, D.C. 
Died: Oct. 10, 2003 in Chicago, Ill.
Debut: 1950 | Pos: P
Ht: 6'1" | Wt: 185 | B: R | T: R

Yrs W L G SV IP SO ERA
18 101 118 711 66 1967.2 1158 4.24

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Johnny Klippstein, a pitcher who debuted with the Chicago Cubs in 1950, died on Oct. 10, 2003 while he was listening to the Cubs beat the Florida Marlines 5-4 in 11 innings in the NLCS.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, his son, John, said Klippstein died shortly after the Cubs scored their fifth run of the game.

He pitched in the major leagues for 18 years and posted a 101-118 record as a starter and reliever. He also posted a 1-1 record in 4.2 innings in two World Series -- one pitching for the Dodgers in 1959 and the second for the Minnesota Twins in 1965.

According to baseball's official historian Jerome Holtzman, Klippstein was "one of the most-like ballplayers of his time."

Klippstein was discovered when he was 16 years old and attended a tryout in Appleton, Wisconsin, and he was offered a contract.

He had lived in Chicago for nearly 50 years and was a season ticket holder for Cubs games. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993 and the disease had been in remission until this year.

He was a week away from celebrating his 52nd wedding anniversary with his wife, Mary Ann, a niece of former Cubs pitcher Dutch Leonard.

Source: Chicago Tribune