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Tales from the Dodger dugout
Erskine, Carl.
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Champaign, IL : Sports Pub. Inc., [2000]

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viii, 231 pages : photographs ; 22 cm
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GV875.B7 E77 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The famed Boys of Summer -- a.k.a. the Brooklyn Dodgers -- were some of baseball's best and funniest players. The group included Hall of Famers Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, and Jackie Robinson, the game's first black player. For the first time, Carl Erskine, another member of that legendary team, relates memories about his Dodger days in this book of anecdotes. The result is a delightfully interesting trip through the world of 1950s baseball. Among Erskine's tales are his dealings with the immortal Branch Rickey, his view from the Dodger bench of Don Larsen's perfect game, and his firsthand experiences when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.

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Booklist Review

Erskine, one of the Brooklyn Dodgers immortalized by Roger Kahn in his best-selling book The Boys of Summer (1972), won 122 games in his 12-year career and pitched two no-hitters. Here he eschews the pretense of a flowing narrative in favor of stand-alone anecdotes--a good decision because, in most cases, sports memoirs are less about a life than about isolated moments. Erskine gives us the joy of being a teammate of Jackie Robinson and the pain of the Dodgers' move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles; he reprises the brief encounters with movie stars that the move west made possible and even tells a great Yogi Berra story (Question: "What time is it?" Yogi's answer: "Now."). Along the way, there are also plenty of funny on-field incidents. There's nothing earth-shattering here, just a good man remembering the good times and the good folks he worked with as a young athlete in the national spotlight. --Wes Lukowsky