Clement Walter Labine
BORN: Aug. 6, 1926 in Lincoln, RI
DIED: March 2, 2007 in Vero Beach, FL
POS: P | DEBUT: 1950
H: 6'0" | W: 180 | B: R | T: R
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Clem Labine, who pitched in five World Series, died on March 2, 2007 in Vero Beach, Fla. He had recently had brain surgery to explore a mass in his head, according to wire reports. He was 80.
Labine pitched in 513 games in 13 seasons in the major leagues. His career totals include a 77-56 record, 96 saves and 551 strikeouts. He compiled a career 3.63 ERA.
He made his debut with Brooklyn in 1950 and pitched for the Dodgers until midway through the 1960 season. He was traded in June 1960 to the Tigers for Ray Semproch. His career also include stints with Pittsburgh (1960-1961) and New York NL (1962).
He started 38 games in his career and threw seven complete games. In 1951, he started Game 2 of a three-game playoff between Brooklyn and the New York Giants. He pitched a six-hit shutout and the Dodgers, but the Giants won the series on the next day on Bobby Thomson's dramatic home run.
He also started Game 6 of the 1956 World Series against the New York Yankees. He pitched 10 innings and picked up a 1-0 win to force a Game 7. The win came a day after Don Larsen's perfect game for the Yankees. New York won the series in the seventh game.
He led the league in saves in 1956 and 1057 and he was an All-Star both seasons. According to reports, he also had success against future Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial. He retired him 49 straight times.
He volunteered as a paratrooper during World War II.
He had most recently helped as an instructor at an adult "fantasy camp" at the Dodgers' training facility.