Clem Labine & Jack Morris

Graham Womack’s recent blog post Why do people still think Jack Morris pitched to the score? got me wondering about a side point. Has anyone besides Jack Morris ever thrown 10 shutout innings in an elimination game in the World Series with a final score of 1-0? Sure enough, someone has and that someone was someone most fans probably never heard of — Clem Labine.

Back in 1956, the Dodgers would’ve lost the series but Clem threw a gem and held off the Yankees offense for 10 solid innings of a 0-0 tie, to keep Brooklyn’s hope alive. In fact, he gave up the same number of hits & walks that Morris did in 1991’s game 7 while facing the exact same number of batters. It’s a very close comparison.

So as great as Morris’s performance was on that October night in 1991, it was not so unique that it couldn’t have been done by someone else in a similar situation.

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No matter how Mike Trout’s career ends up, he will always have a good argument for being the best young position player the game has ever seen. He’s already got more fWAR through his age 22 season than anybody else, and now he’s on the verge of accumulating the most rWAR too.

22+ WAR in Their Age 22 Season
Player From-To Age rWAR fWAR G PA
Ty Cobb 1905-1909 18-22 25.5 25.9 595 2486
Mike Trout 2011-2014 19-22 25.4 26.6 416 1852
Ted Williams 1939-1941 20-22 23.6 24.8 436 1942
Mel Ott 1926-1931 17-22 23.5 25.1 677 2644
Alex Rodriguez 1994-1998 18-22 22.9 20.8 513 2271