Carl Erskine, Dodgers legend, human rights icon, dies

Carl Erskine, a fierce fighter for human rights and All-Star for the Brooklyn Dodgers who pitched one of the greatest World Series games in history, died early Tuesday morning after a brief illness, his family confirmed to IndyStar. He was 97.

Erskine died a baseball legend who played alongside field icons Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges. He pitched in five World Series, striking out a then-record 14 in a game in 1953. Erskine, who played for the Dodgers from 1948 to 1959, would become beloved by the fans. They affectionately called him “Oisk” in their Brooklyn accents.

But, to those who knew him best, Erskine was so much more. He was a man who, off the field, fought for what was right in the world. Erskine was a fierce champion of human rights, racial equality and, when his late son Jimmy was born with Down syndrome, became immersed in fighting for people with special needs.

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