One of the all-time great Brooklyn Dodgers, Erskine won 122 games over a 12-year career spent entirely with the Dodgers. Erskine came up with Brooklyn in 1948 and spent the next three seasons pitching primarily out of the bullpen. He made 19 starts for the Dodgers in 1951 and managed to win 16 games. By 1952, he was a mainstay in the Brooklyn rotation, helping them to the World Series in 1953, 1955 and 1956. His best season was 1953 when he went 20-6 with a 3.54 ERA. He struck out 187 hitters that year and finished ninth in the National League MVP voting. Erskine earned his lone trip to the All-Star Game the next season when he won 18 games for the Dodgers. When the team moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season Erskine went with them, but he only pitched two seasons in Los Angeles and retired after the 1959 campaign.
Erskine’s questionnaire is one of my favorites. Not only did he give nice answers to the questions, but he also included a personal connection to me, which I thought was really nice. I have long been a fan of the Brooklyn version of the Dodgers and I thought it was pretty fantastic to have some real correspondence with one of them.
Following his playing career, Erskine was the baseball coach at Anderson College in Indiana. He guided his 1965 team to the NAIA World Series. He has written two books about his time in the major leagues. They are available here. For more on Erskine, visit his website.
Carl Erskine – career stats