The death of Brooklyn Dodger great Carl Erskine closes a chapter in Jewish history


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Members of the Brooklyn Dodgers celebrate after a 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, tying the New York Giants for first place in the National League and forcing a playoff, Sept. 30, 1951. Jackie Robinson is second from left; Carl Erskine is at lower right.

(New York Jewish Week) - My son is in town from California for Passover, and on Tuesday night he treated the rest of the family to a Mets game.

Before the first pitch, the Mets had a moment of silence for the pitcher Carl Erskine, who died that day at age 97. Erskine was a star of the storied Brooklyn Dodgers teams of the late 1940s and '50s, when they won the National League pennant five times and the 1955 World Series.

Erskine was also the last surviving Dodger to have been profiled in Roger Kahn's classic 1972 book "The Boys of Summer," a celebration of a team that included Jackie Robinson...

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