Carl Erskine
American baseball player
Carl Erskine
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.
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Carl Erskine Helps Honor a Childhood Friend
NYTimes - 9 months
Erskine, a Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher, wanted to see Johnny Wilson, a great athlete often met with rejection, properly honored in his hometown.
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Back To South Beach
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
INDIANAPOLIS -- Roy Hibbert had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Paul George finished with 28 points, and the Indiana Pacers forced a deciding game in the Eastern Conference finals with a 91-77 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night. LeBron James scored 29 points for the defending NBA champions, who will host Game 7 on Monday. Dwyane Wade was limited to just 10 as he and Chris Bosh struggled again. The Pacers opened the third quarter on a 14-2 run as the Heat went 1 of 11 from the field. Indiana led by 17 late in the third. Miami got within four before the Pacers pulled away again. It was everything one would expect from an elimination game. The teams traded jabs, sometimes literally, counterpunched effectively and players ignored the bumps and bruises of yet another physical game in a tough, compelling series. Both teams attacked the basket with sometimes problematic results. Indiana missed about five dunk attempts in the first half and a series of shor ...
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Keith Olbermann: Meet THE Kid in THE Jackie Robinson Photo (Which Was Staged)
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Imagine," Eddie Dweck muses as he looks at The Photograph, "a kid going to a ballgame dressed in a suit and tie!" You probably don't know Eddie Dweck, but you've probably seen him before. Because of The Photograph he has a cameo role in history. But history is a defiant and elusive thing. It will tell you that The Photograph Eddie Dweck is ruminating on is one of the iconic images of Jackie Robinson just before he stepped out of that Ebbets Field dugout and into history 66 years ago today. Except it wasn't taken on April 15, 1947. And Mr. Dweck will also reveal to you that -- albeit in the mildest sense of the word -- the photograph was staged. The kid looking at the camera, the kid Jackie Robinson seems to be looking at? Meet Eddie Dweck. Eddie Dweck atop the Dodgers' dugout, Ebbets Field, April 11, 1947 (C) Corbis Images 12-year old Eddie and his pal Bobby Saltzberg from the apartment building on Ocean Parkway went to the first few of their sixth grade class ...
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Rob Taub: Burton Rocks On
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
Burton Rocks may look 10 years younger than his actual 40 years, but he definitely has an old soul. While most of his peers probably have no idea who Satchel Paige was, Rocks can tell you everything about the Hall of Fame player, including the names of his pitches (Bat Dodger, Midnight Creeper and Trouble Ball to name a few). As an author, Rocks has collaborated with some of baseball's greatest names, such as Bob Feller and Carl Erskine. He co-wrote Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir, with Paul O'Neill, which made the New York Times bestseller list in 2003 and he also holds a degree from Hofstra Law School. As members of the Friars Club, our paths have crossed numerous times over the years and the conversation is usually about baseball. I've always thought Rocks would make a great politician as he seems to know just about everyone at the club and I'm envious of his talents when I see him work a room like a veteran campaigner, but Rocks prefers baseball. "Professional ba ...
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MLB: Whitey Ford's Worst World Series Start Against the Brooklyn Dodgers - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Carl Erskine, who had set a World Series record by striking out 14 Yankees in the third game, started against Ford. The Brooklyn right-hander was working on only two days of rest and it showed. The Yankees had a 3-0 lead after two innings
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On This Day in History: August 16 A Lonely Ebbets Without Dodgers - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
In a May game, Carl Erskine pitched a no-hitter against the Giants, becoming the first Dodger hurler to accomplish the feat twice. The Dodgers played their last five games in Ebbets Field. In the final three, they managed a total of one run on seven
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Day Tripping: Brooklyn Baseball Gallery at MCU Park - NorthJersey.com
Google News - over 5 years
I don't believe for a moment that mere coincidence explains why, as you walk through the Brooklyn Baseball Gallery, you see pictures of Robinson and Carl Erskine, Duke and Roy, Gil, Sandy Amaros and Jim Gilliam, Carl Furillo and Peewee Reese – and even
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Babe Waxpak: 1956 Dodgers ball has some value - Record-Searchlight
Google News - over 5 years
Some of the signatures include Jackie Robinson, Jim Gentile, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe, Clem Labine, Carl Erskine, umpire Jocko Conlon, Walt Alston, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese and Fred Kipp. If it says “1956” on it, it has to be from
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Elmer Sexauer found his field of dreams, then lost it - Tampabay.com
Google News - over 5 years
"He was one of those bright young hard-throwing pitchers in the Dodger organization," said former teammate and fellow pitcher Carl Erskine, reached by phone at his home in Anderson, Ind. "That whole organization had 800 players
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'Complete-Game James' is on a mission - MLB.com
Google News - over 5 years
Zimmer harkened back to his days on the Brooklyn Dodgers, bringing up the names of Johnny Podres and Carl Erskine. "They had the greatest changeups I ever watched," Zimmer said. "But nobody's got a better changeup than the one this guy's throwing right
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On This Day in History: June 20 No-Hitter Against Chicago Cubs - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
... first thing Walter F. O'Malley, president of the Dodgers, did when he reached the Dodger dressing room was to sit down on one of the property trunks and draw a check for $500, which he presented to Carl Erskine for his no-hitter against the Cubs
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This date in baseball: June 19 - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 5 years
1952: Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs at Ebbets Field. 1961: Roger Maris' ninth-inning homer off Jim Archer of the Kansas City A's was his 25th of the year, putting him seven games ahead of Babe Ruth's pace
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Rick Teverbaugh: Classic 'all for the kids' - The Herald Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
Our own Carl Erskine not only plays each year but also is the primary contact person for bringing the celebrities in. I have played several different years in the event and have had a blast each year. I have never played with the same celebrity twice
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50 Greatest Teams in Sports History That Never Won It All - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Ace Carl Erskine put together a 20-win season, of course, it's probably not hard to do with that hitting helping you out. The Dodgers went 105-49 in the regular season. The series was tied at two games apiece. The Dodgers scored seven runs in Game 5
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Former Spokane Indians pitcher Billy Harris dies - The Spokesman Review
Google News - over 5 years
It was hard for Harris to crack the Dodgers' starting rotation of Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax and Johnny Podres. Another claim to fame for Harris was that he pitched in the final game for the Dodgers at the old Ebbets Field
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2002
    Age 75
    In 2002, Erskine Street in Brooklyn was created and named after him.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1973
    Age 46
    In 1973, his final season, he coached John Bargfeldt, who later spent three seasons in the minors as a Chicago Cubs prospect.
    More Details Hide Details He also became a leader in the community, participating in numerous organizations and businesses, including rising to the presidency of the Star Bank of Anderson, Indiana before easing back to the role of vice chairman of the board. He is devoted to his son Jimmy, who has Down syndrome and lives at home and holds a job nearby at the Hopewell Center for people with developmental difficulties, and to his grandchildren Abby, Amy, Luke, and Dannae. To commemorate Erskine's accomplishments both as a Dodger and as a citizen, a bronze statue was erected in front of the Carl D. Erskine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center. Erskine also donated part of his land to the Anderson Community School System to build a new school, which was named Erskine Elementary. Erskine currently serves as a member of the advisory board of the Baseball Assistance Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping former Major League, Minor League, and Negro League players through financial and medical difficulties.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had 18 players named to All-Conference teams, and three named as All-American.
  • 1957
    Age 30
    So serious was the injury, in which he pulled a muscle away from his shoulder bone, that he was unable to throw between starts; by 1957, at only 31, he was on his way out, and he made his final appearance on June 14, 1959.
    More Details Hide Details In a twelve-season career, he posted a 122-78 (.610) record with 981 strikeouts and a 4.00 ERA in 1718.2 innings pitched.
    Then in 1957, like so many of his Dodgers teammates, Erskine began his final decline.
    More Details Hide Details He moved to Los Angeles with the team the following year, but lasted only a season and a half. The long decline of his career had actually been set in motion during his rookie year when he injured his shoulder in his first major league start, yet not only finished the game but started twice more in extreme pain.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 24
    From 1951 through 1956, Erskine won 92 games while losing only 58, which helped the Dodgers to four pennants during the "Boys of Summer" era.
    More Details Hide Details Despite his two no-hitters,
    Whenever Erskine was asked what his best pitch was, he replied, "The curveball I bounced in the Polo Grounds bullpen in 1951."
    More Details Hide Details Erskine, author of two no-hitters, (against the Chicago Cubs on June 19, 1952 and the New York Giants on May 12, 1956), was a member of the beloved Dodgers team which won the 1955 World Series for the franchise's first Series title. He appeared in eleven World Series games (1949 - 52 - 53-55-56), and made the NL All-Star team in. His 14 strikeouts as the winner of Game 3 of the 1953 Fall Classic - including striking out the side in the ninth inning - broke the Series record of 13 held by Howard Ehmke (1929, Game 1), and stood for 10 years until Sandy Koufax struck out 15 New York Yankees in the first game of the 1963 World Series; but he was ineffective in Games 1 and 6, although he was not charged with the losses.
    When Newcombe was pitching in the ninth inning of the third game of the playoff with the New York Giants on October 3, 1951, Erskine and Ralph Branca were warming up in the bullpen.
    More Details Hide Details On the recommendation of pitching coach Clude Sukeforth, who thought that Branca had better stuff, Newcombe was relieved by Branca, who then gave up the game-winning home run to Bobby Thomson.
    In 1951, he mixed 19 starts with 27 relief appearances, and went 16-12.
    More Details Hide Details For the following five seasons, he was right at the heart of Brooklyn's rotation, especially with his work in 1952-53, which was crucial for the NL pennant winners due to Newcombe serving in the army from 1952 until mid-1954. Erskine was 14-6 in 1952 with a career-best 2.70 earned run average, then had his 20-win season in 1953, leading the league with a .769 winning percentage along with 187 strikeouts and 16 complete games, all career highs. This was followed by 18-15 in 1954, posting career highs in starts (37) and innings (260-1/3), then by 11-8 in 1955 and 13-11 in 1956.
  • 1948
    Age 21
    He broke into the majors a year before Don Newcombe, and from 1948–50 was used primarily as a reliever, going 21-10.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Along with Snider and Reese, he lived in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bay Ridge, and was frequently to be found around the baseball diamonds on Shore Road, offering encouragement to youngsters.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    Born on December 13, 1926.
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