Friday, March 02, 2007

Clem Labine

From Steve Henson at the L.A. Times:

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- Clem Labine, a pioneering relief pitcher and a member of the "Boys of Summer" Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 World Series championship team, died Friday at Indian River Memorial Hospital. He was 80.

Labine, a right-hander, played in five World Series, four with the Dodgers and one with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Three of the teams—the Dodgers in 1955 and 1959, and the Pirates in 1960—won championships.

One of the first pitchers who specialized in entering a game in the late innings to preserve a victory, Labine twice led the National League in saves and recorded 96 during his 13-year career. He had a won-loss record of 77-56 with a 3.63 earned-run average, and notched a win and a save in the 1955 World Series, appearing in four of the seven games.