Klippstein was sometimes called “the wild man of Borneo” because of his frequent control troubles. The journeyman was used in both starting and relief assignments in his early days, but in 1958 was made almost exclusively a reliever by Dodger manager Walter Alston. Though he never won more than 12 games in a season, there was always a team willing to take him. With the Indians for one season, he had a league-leading 14 saves in 1960. Five years later, teaming in the Minnesota bullpen with ace Al Worthington, Klippstein went 9-3 with five saves to help the Twins to their first pennant. He finished with 66 career saves. He is the son-in-law of former pitcher Emil “Dutch” Leonard.