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
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.
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