Entering their inaugural season General Manager George Weiss believed the Mets needed to fill their roster with former Dodgers, Giants and even Yankees in order to attract fans to the ballpark. So when pitcher Clem Labine, a former Brooklyn Dodger who played an integral part during their 1955 World Championship season, became available Weiss jumped at the opportunity and signed him. Unfortunately for the Mets Labine’s best days were left back in Brooklyn. He lasted just three games before the Mets released him.
Clem Labine pitched the final inning during the Mets first ever game, he gave up one hit and one unearned run. His second outing turned out to be his worst in a Met uniform. On April 18 against the St Louis Cardinals he pitched 2 innings and yielded 5 runs in the Mets 15-5 loss. His final appearance for the Mets was his best; he pitched 1 inning and struck out 2 Cincinnati Reds. It turned out to be his final Major League appearance as the Mets released him a week later.
Clem Labine’s final numbers with Mets, in 3 appearances he threw 4 innings and posted an 11.25 ERA.
While with the Mets Labine wore number 41
Clem Labine also played for the following teams:
Brooklyn Dodgers – 1952-1957
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1958-1960
Detroit Tigers – 1960
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1960,1961