Edward Frederick Klieman
(Specs or Babe)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.
- Debut September 24, 1943
- Final Game June 2, 1950
- Born March 21, 1918 in Norwood, OH USA
- Died November 15, 1979 in Homosassa, FL USA
Ed Klieman was a longtime minor leaguer who first came up with the Cleveland Indians in 1943, after winning 23 games with the Baltimore Orioles of the International League. Right-hander Eddie won 11 games as a starter in 1944 before being given a relief role. He was effective out of the Indians' bullpen in both 1947 and 1948, leading the American League in both appearances with 58 and saves with 17 in 1947, and was 3-2 with 4 saves with a solid 2.60 ERA in 44 games in earning his World Championship ring in 1948.
Klieman pitched in the minors from 1937 to 1943, often winning in double figures, and then again pitched in the minors in 1946 and 1950 and 1951.
- AL Games Pitched Leader (1947)
- AL Saves Leader (1947)
- Won a World Series with the Cleveland Indians in 1948