Great Hoosier/Dodger

“You hear the same thing every year but that is because it is true.  In a short series, pitching is very dominant.”
Former Dodger Pitcher Carl Erskine

Carl Erskine spent his entire 12 year Major League career with the Dodgers.  He was a 20 game winner in 1953 and an All-Star in 1954.

In Game 3 of the 1953 World Series, Carl struck out 14 New York Yankees, a World Series record. Sandy Koufax broke Carl’s record in 1963 and in 1968, Bob Gibson broke Koufax’s record.

In the 1950’s, there were seven no-hitters thrown in the National League. Carl Erskine threw two of those seven.

The Brooklyn Dodgers won five Pennants and a World Championship (1955) during Carl’s tenure there.

In his post-playing days, Carl coached baseball at Anderson College for 12 years and he was President of Star Financial Bank.

I had the privilege of working with Carl Erskine on Indianapolis Indians telecasts for several years. Carl is a true gentleman who is very well respected both in his native Indiana and in Brooklyn where he excelled on several great Dodger teams.

I am not old enough to have seen Carl pitch although I have watched video of him. He had a great curve ball and it was said of Carl, “He’s a nice guy who wins.”

One of Carl’s sons, Jimmy, has Down syndrome. Jimmy has won medals in the Special Olympics and Carl has been most gracious with his time in furthering the cause of Special Olympians.

Carl’s exploits as a Brooklyn Dodger led the Borough to name a street after him. Carl broke into the Major Leagues(1948) the year after Jackie Robinson did. They were teammates and close friends.

Carl’s wonderful contributions to the State of Indiana led Governor Mitch Daniels, to bestow the Sachem Award upon him, the State’s highest honor.

Carl is 84 years old and doing great!  He excelled in baseball, he excelled in business and he is as nice a person as you ever will meet.

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