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John Klippstein was pitching for Cincinnati in 1956 and throwing a no-hitter against Milwaukee. He was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning, and his replacements threw no-hit ball into the 10th inning.

Klippstein walked 8 in the game; lack of control with his pitches plagued him through most of his career. The Reds eventually lost the game 2-1, with Joe Torre's brother, Frank, delivering a two-run single.

In '65, he topped that hitless streak -- although it was over a span of three relief appearances. With the Twins that season, he threw 8 2/3 innings of hitless relief.

Klippstein became a relief pitcher under manager Walter Alston when he joined the Dodgers in 1958. Among the reasons Klippstein became a Twin in 1964 is that Twins' were desperate for relief help and the Phils were squeezed for space on their roster. Twins' owner Calvin Griffith was a good friend of Philadelphia general manager John Quinn, so a deal was made.

Klippstein had a fluid delivery and said he could get warm quickly, needing just 10 pitches in the bullpen and another eight after arriving on the mound. In '65, he found he could be very sharp for four or five innings spanning three appearances a week. If he pitched more often, he felt he was sharp for just a couple innings.

Klippstein was one of the few Twins with World Series experience in 1965. He had pitched two scoreless innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the '59 Series. In three World Series appearances spanning five innings, Klippstein allowed three hits and no runs.

Jim Grant, Jim Perry and Klippstein were all teammates with the Cleveland Indians in 1960.

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Johnny Klippstein was born in October of 1927 in Washington, D.C. He died seven days short of his 76th birthday in 2003.

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