#46 Johnny Klippstein
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"His Walk About" - Johnny didn't short himself any, sticking out 18 seasons in the major leagues with eight different clubs. His longest stints, 5 years each, were with the Cubs and Reds. A starter for his first 8 seasons, before spending a decade in the bullpen, Klippstein notched 108 career wins.
"That's Not a Knife" - It was the 2003 NLCS that may have been the final straw for Mr. Klippstein. Perhaps still a Cub at heart, Klippstein passed away in 2003 while listening a radio broadcast of the Cubs/Marlins NLCS.
"More of a love bite really..." - Someone felt the need to write the number "17" in the lower right corner on the front of this card. Klippstein did wear #17, but not until 1960 with Cleveland and then again in 1961 with Washington. That's my best guess at the number, but it could really be anything.
"Down Under" - Klippstein is card #148 in the 1952 set. While I very much like the '53 Klippstein, and generally speaking am not a fan of the horizontal 52's, there's just something about the '52 Klippstein that I like. I'm giving the slight edge to the original. The 1953 set still leads by one, 9-8-1.
"At the Oscars"World Series Ring '59 Dodgers
AL Saves Leader '60
6th NL Saves '58
7th NL Shutouts '55
8th NL Saves '53
9th NL Strikeouts '53