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COLUMBIA CITY â€“ With Opening Day for Major League Baseball this week, it was only fitting that a former National League player â€śtoe the rubberâ€ť 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, Brooklynâ€™s president and general manager. Rickey told Robinson to keep his cool on the field.
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