Clem Labine


VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Clem Labine, a relief pitcher who threw two of baseball's most significant shutouts in his role as a part-time starter and pitched for two Dodgers World Series championship teams in the 1950s, died Friday. He was 80.

Labine had been in a coma at Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach for more than a week following brain surgery to explore a mass in his head, the team announced, and hospital spokeswoman Kim Leach-Wright confirmed his death.

Labine was hospitalized Feb. 13 because of pneumonia, shortly after completing a stint as an instructor at an adult "fantasy camp" at the Dodgers' training camp.

Labine spent 13 seasons in the major leagues, mostly as a bullpen specialist with the Dodgers, first in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles. He also pitched with Detroit and Pittsburgh, and briefly for the New York Mets.

In 1951, Labine was thrust into the three-game National League pennant playoff between the Dodgers and New York Giants. After the Giants won the opener, Brooklyn had no regular starter available for Game 2. Labine got the assignment by default and threw a six-hit shutout to keep the Dodgers alive in the best-of-three series. Bobby Thomson's ninth-inning home run won the pennant for the Giants the next day.

Labine would throw another shutout, allowing just seven hits in Game 6 of the 1956 World Series and beating the New York Yankees 1-0 in 10 innings to force a seventh game, which the Yankees won. That shutout came a day after Don Larsen's perfect game, the only no-hitter in World Series history.

Labine grew up in Woonsocket, R.I., and volunteered for the paratroopers during World War II.

In 1955, Labine enjoyed his best season, leading the league with 60 appearances and going 13-5, with 10 victories and 11 saves out of the bullpen. The Dodgers captured their first World Series that year with Labine winning Game 4 with 4 1-3 innings of relief and coming back the next day to pitch three more innings and save Game 5.

Labine accompanied the Dodgers on the move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958 and was with the team when it won the World Series in 1959.
Copyright © 2007 The Associated Press

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Sorry to hear about your lost .

I was really sad to hear of Clem's passing in 2007. I'm sure your family won't remember me but when Clem was playing for the Dodgers he & his family lived across the street from our family on monogram street in Long Beach Calif,
We were so excited to have a ball player living that close,I remember playing with the kids, I followed Dodger baseball from then on, What a great player he was,Just heard a song called Dodger Blue & his name was mention,Brought back some old memories,

Thank you for sharing a part of your life us.

Rest Clement, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Clem was one of my dearest life-long friends. He worked off-season in my dad's company, starting way back in high school. He was a wonderful pitcher, but his kindness, humanity and generosity far outweigh anything he ever did on a baseball diamond. I miss him every day. Rick Finkelstein


I wrote my first Letter to the Editor at the age of 11, on behalf of Mr. Labine. I was an absolute Dodger fanatic from the moment they moved to LA and was distraught when the Dodgers released Mr. Labine. The LA Times printed a note he left for his teamates when he left the clubhouse. I think I asked that Mr. O'Malley be removed as the team pres and that Walter Alston be fired.....I don't think the letter was published but I did get a thank-you from the Times Editorial page editor-the...

My hearfelt sympathy to the Labine family. I was a loyal Brooklyn Dodger fan from April 1947 to 1957. I was born in Brooklyn and went to Ebbett's field with my Dad many times. I had just finished watching the movie version of "The Boys of Summer" which features Clem and his family. Clem was not only one of the "Boys of Summer" but also a member of the Greatest Generation. Thank you to the Labine family for letting us have a true sports hero.

To the Family: Jesus says, at John 5:28 “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”

Remember: God can help you to endure any and every problem they may face. He will give you the “power beyond what is normal” to go from one day to the next. (2 Corinthians 4:7)

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