2008-08-22 / Sports

Dodgers Legend Remains Humble

By Elio Velez

The season was 1955, and Indiana native Carl Erskine was a star right handed pitcher on the mound at Ebbetts Field. He was a big part of the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series over the New York Yankees.

53 years later, Erskine is a bit older and grayer but the spark remains after being honored by the Brooklyn Cyclones last Sunday. The former Dodgers pitcher, who won 123 games in his career, was honored as part of the Park.

Unlike his former burly Dodgers teammate Don Newcombe, Erskine wasn't the strongest or biggest of pitchers. But with guile, grit and tenacity, Erskine was able to win 123 games, pitch a nohitter and win the World Series with Los Angeles in 1959.

"Look at me, I got more out of this skinny little body because I played on a great team and no one tried to change who I was," Erskine said.

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