Carl Erskine

Baseball Player
Born Dec 13, 1926

Carl Daniel Erskine is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Brooklyn & Los Angeles Dodgers from 1948 through 1959. He was a pitching mainstay on Dodger teams which won five National League pennants, peaking with a season in which he won 20 games and set a World Series record with 14 strikeouts. He pitched two of the NL's seven no-hitters during the 1950s.… Read More

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    NYTimes - May 28, 2016
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    Huffington Post Sports - Jun 02, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Apr 15, 2013
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1926 Birth Born on December 13, 1926.


1946 19 Years Old Known as "Ersk", or more accurately "Oisk", owing to the Brooklynese diction of the borough, Erskine signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946, and after two minor league seasons he made the team in July as part of a powerful squad that included Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson and Duke Snider. … Read More


1948 21 Years Old He broke into the majors a year before Don Newcombe, and from 1948–50 was used primarily as a reliever, going 21-10.
In 1951, he mixed 19 starts with 27 relief appearances, and went 16-12. … Read More


1957 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Then in 1957, like so many of his Dodgers teammates, Erskine began his final decline. … Read More
1965 38 Years Old Following his retirement as a player, Erskine returned to his native Indiana. He coached at Anderson College for 12 seasons, including four Hoosier Conference championships, and his 1965 squad went 20-5 and reached the NAIA World Series. … Read More


1973 46 Years Old In 1973, his final season, he coached John Bargfeldt, who later spent three seasons in the minors as a Chicago Cubs prospect. … Read More


2002 75 Years Old In 2002, Erskine Street in Brooklyn was created and named after him.
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