Carl Erskine

Birthdate 12/13/1926
Death Date
Debut Year 1948
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers
Position Pitcher

From 1949-56 Carl Erskine threw 2 no hitters, pitched in 5 World Series and set a post-season record by striking out 14 Yankees in 1953.

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Carl Erskine broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948

Carl Erskine broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948

Carl Erskine was a fan favorite for the Brooklyn Dodgers. A rookie in 1948 when he autographed this card, Erskine pitched in 5 World Series in his first 9 big league seasons. A 20-game winner in 1953, Erskine was an All Star pitcher who authored two no-hitters. In 1953 “Oisk” broke Howard Ehmke’s 1929 record of 13 strikeouts in a World
The postmark shows that 21-year old Carl Erskine mailed this in his rookie season

The postmark shows that 21-year old Carl Erskine mailed this in his rookie season

Government postcards were a medium of choice for many collectors through the years. Autograph seekers sent self-addressed, stamped postcards to players who would adorn the cards with their signatures and drop them in the mail. The US Postal Service would then affix it’s postmark including the
In 1953 Carl Erskine set the World Series record for strikeouts in a game - here are his thoughts three months later

In 1953 Carl Erskine set the World Series record for strikeouts in a game - here are his thoughts three months later

Carl Erskine’s finest season came in 1953. That year he set career highs in wins, strikeouts, and WAR. The 20-game winner pitched the Brooklyn Dodgers into that season’s Fall Classic. In Game 3 against the Yankees, Erskine fanned 14 New York batters to break Howard
Erskine's 1955 Dodgers gave Brooklyn its only World Series title

Erskine's 1955 Dodgers gave Brooklyn its only World Series title

Brooklyn and their hometown Dodgers had a love affair dating back to 1883. The Dodgers won two National League championships in the 1890s and ten overall from their founding until 1954, but never earned a World Series title. In 1955 the team finally got over the hump, giving Brooklyn it’s first World Series title. The Dodgers left Brooklyn after just two more
After a decade in Brooklyn, Carl Erskine pitched two seasons in Los Angeles

After a decade in Brooklyn, Carl Erskine pitched two seasons in Los Angeles

Brooklyn fans never forgave Walter O’Malley for moving the Dodgers west to Los Angeles. Dem Bums were a New York institution. Nothing lasts forever. The team played its last game in Brooklyn in 1957 and moved across the country to California. Carl Erskine made the move with the club, closing h
Questionnaire filled out and signed by Carl Erskine about his two no-hitters and his World Series gem

Questionnaire filled out and signed by Carl Erskine about his two no-hitters and his World Series gem

In this 5-question questionnaire, Carl Erskine writes about his career highlights and no-hitters. When asked to reflect on his no-no’s, the humble pitcher writes, “I had two no-hitters. In each case it was the late innings before you began to think about a no-hitter. Then it’s one
Carl Erskine writes about Pee Wee Reese, his Brooklyn teammate of 11 years

Carl Erskine writes about Pee Wee Reese, his Brooklyn teammate of 11 years

Carl Erskine played each of his twelve big league seasons with the Dodgers. For all but one of those years Erskine was backed up by Hall of Fame shortstop Pee Wee Reese. A ten-time All Star, Reese was captain of the team from 1950-1958. In the collection is this Dodger press release from four days a
Carl Erskine writes about Brooklyn and Los Angeles announcer Vin Scully

Carl Erskine writes about Brooklyn and Los Angeles announcer Vin Scully

Vin Scully was the soundtrack of summer for generations of Dodger fans, starting in Brooklyn in 1950 and spanning 67 years to 2016. Toward the end of his career Scully signed one-year contracts, gauging his interest toward each season’s end before agreeing to the next. In the collection is thi

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