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NO-HITTER PITCHER: Baseball great visits Columbia City

April 4, 2013

Carl Erskine spoke at Columbia City’s Rotary Club meeting recently. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY – With Opening Day for Major League Baseball this week, it was only fitting that a former National League player “toe the rubber” at the Columbia City Rotary Club.

Carl Erskine, who is from Anderson, came and spoke to the Rotarians at their last meeting.

Erskine starred for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1948-1956, and moved west to L.A. with the team in 1957, finally retiring in 1959.

He finished with 122 wins in his career. He tossed a pair of no-hitters and was on the first Dodger team to ever win the World Series (1955).

While playing in Brooklyn, he shared the ball diamond with several hall-of-fame players, including Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play in the majors.

Erskine recalled memories of Robinson. A new biopic has been released about Jackie, and interest in him is increasing again. Erskine recalled conversations between Robinson and Branch Rickey, Brooklyn’s president and general manager. Rickey told Robinson to keep his cool on the field.

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