Clem Labine (La-BEEN) Brooklyn Dodgers reliever and old home restorer, dead at age 80

Clem Labine, Topps 1953

Clem Labine, Topps 1953

A good guy; one of The Boys of Summer. Read about Clem’s career in baseball here.

His name is French:

Nap [Lajoie] came from a French speaking family- there is (or was) a
French-Canadian community in Woonsocket that produced both Lajoie and
Clem Labine- and pronounced it the French way, Lah-zhwah. His
contemporaries weren’t quite as particular and butchered it in various
ways.
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Clem Labine, who was also French Canadian from
Woonsocket, mentioned in _The Boys of Summer_ that he spoke nothing but
French until he was seven.
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His name was pronounced La BEEN.

Something else you didn’t know: Clem wrote a book: The Original Old-house Journal Compendium. link
Clem Labine started The Old-House Journal newsletter in 1973 when he began restoring his house in Brooklyn. Here’s his website: link

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2 responses to “Clem Labine (La-BEEN) Brooklyn Dodgers reliever and old home restorer, dead at age 80

  1. Certainly, without a doubt, his family pronounced it as I wrote it. However, in the 50’s I never heard it pronounced that way.

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