Benbow: Dodgers great Carl Erskine trades horsehide for harmonica

From Dana Hunsinger Benbow at the Indianapolis Star on February 5, 2015:

Carl Erskine will walk out in front of the crowd of more than 15,000 with his harmonica in hand.

He will play a melodious rendition of the national anthem before the Indiana Pacers game Friday night.

And as the fans look out on this 88-year-old man, many of them — dare we say, most of them? — will not know who Carl Erskine is.

They won’t know the story behind this Indiana hometown hero. This baseball All-Star who suited up with the likes of Jackie Robinson and Gil Hodges, who pitched the first nationally-televised no-hitter and grew up at a time when playing catch in the yard was just what little boys did.

But they should. His life story, his years pitching for the Brooklyn Dodgers, is a remarkable one of making it to the major leagues during the golden era of baseball.

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Originally published: February 5, 2015. Last Updated: February 5, 2015.