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|Born:March 21, 1918|
|Died: November 15, 1979 61) (aged|
|September 24, 1943, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 2, 1950, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Earned run average||3.49|
|Career highlights and awards|
Edward Frederick "Specs" Klieman (March 21, 1918 – November 15, 1979) was an American professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1943 to 1950 for the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Athletics. For his career, he compiled a 26–28 record in 222 appearances, with a 3.49 earned run average and 130 strikeouts. Klieman was a relief pitcher on the 1948 World Series champion Indians, pitching in one World Series game, giving up three runs without recording an out.
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