Carl Erskine's Tales from the Dodger Dugout

Carl Erskine's Tales from the Dodger Dugout

by Carl Erskine, Vin Scully
     
 

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The famed Boys of Summer -- aka the Brooklyn Dodgers -- were some of baseball's most storied players. The group included superstars and Hall of Famers -- Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, and Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball's first black player. Carl Erskine, another valuable member of the legendary team, has updated his classic stories

Overview

The famed Boys of Summer -- aka the Brooklyn Dodgers -- were some of baseball's most storied players. The group included superstars and Hall of Famers -- Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, and Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball's first black player. Carl Erskine, another valuable member of the legendary team, has updated his classic stories and added new memories from his days as a Dodger, inviting you into the world of baseball in the 1940s and 1950s. Witness Jackie Robinson break the color barrier. Feel the excitement of a no-hitter. Laugh at their clubhouse and dugout antics. Experience baseball in a bygone era brought to life as only an eyewitness can. Erskine has often been asked, "Are all of your stories true?" And his standard response is, "Yes, I couldn't possibly make them up the way they actually happened."

Editorial Reviews

Larry Larry King
...a terrific book..."
USA Today
Thomas
Along with Erksine's abilities on the mound, he proves himself to be a talented storyteller in his charming Tales From the Dodger Dugout. Erskine gives equal time to teammates, coaches, friends and opponents in what amounts to a series of short, snappy baseball anecdotes. While Erskine's stories span his entire life, the best are the ones that evoke his playing days in Brooklyn.
The New York Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews
Brooklyn's beloved "Oisk" recalls life in Ebbetts Field and after. Erskine was a pitcher for the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the '40s and '50s, a 12-year major-league veteran who logged 122 victories, including a pair of no-hitters. As one of the famed "Boys of Summer," he appeared in six World Series, most of them against the hated rivals from the Bronx, the New York Yankees. Off the field, Erskine is a soft-spoken Hoosier native, an affable, even sweet man, and it is those qualities that shine through this pleasant, if inconsequential book of anecdotes. At the outset of the book, Erskine writes, "I can tell these stories because I was there," and he was, indeed, present for many of them, but too many of the items recounted herein are stories that have been told before elsewhere, often by better tale-bearers than the likable banker from Anderson, Indiana. However, there are a few real gems in this volume, ranging from Preacher Roe's decision to retire to a recipe for the buttermilk cake that became a lucky talisman for the '55 world champions from Brooklyn. There are, appropriately, a raft of stories about Branch Rickey, focusing on the Dodger general manager's legendary combination of penny-pinching, piety, and perspicuity. Erskine recounts the tale of Rickey's signing Jackie Robinson to become the first black major leaguer, but this is a story that has been told many, many times before. He also recounts some very funny anecdotes about contract negotiations with the tightfisted Rickey (including one in which he actually managed to get the better of the Dodger g.m., albeit with a little assist from theCommissioner'soffice). Erskine is a charming reminder of a simpler sports age, seemingly more innocent than today's mega-dollar, television-driven industrial era, but he is also smart enough to recognize and intimate that his own times were not quite as noble as they are painted by nostalgia buffs. Unfortunately, the book suffers from a total and complete lack of organization, with stories presented in no apparent order. Real fans, however, won't mind. A painlessly amusing walk around the old Dodger haunts in a Brooklyn that is no more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582613413
Publisher:
Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date:
06/28/2003
Pages:
231
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Carl Erskine played twelve seasons with the Dodgers. Following his retirement in 1960, he returned to Anderson College in Indiana to coach baseball for twelve seasons, during which time his teams won four Hoosier College Conference championships and earned an appearance in the NAIA College World Series. He continues to be a community leader, participating in numerous organizations and businesses.

Burton Rocks is the coauthor, with former New York Yankee Paul O'Neill, of the New York Times bestseller Me and My Dad.

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