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    Today is the 52nd anniversary of CARL ERSKINE's no-hitter against the NY Giants.

    Does anyone remember this game. Perhaps you were there in person.

    Please share any comments or rememberances you have of this game.

    c.
    Last edited by DODGER DEB; 05-12-2008, 04:35 PM.

  • #2
    [QUOTE=DODGER DEB;1187261]Today is the 52nd anniversary of CARL ERSKINE's no-hitter against the NY Giants.

    Does anyone remember this game. Perhaps you there in person.

    Please share any comments or rememberances you have of this game.

    c.[/QU


    It was a Saturday day game that drew only 17,000. The Sunday game managed 19,000.

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    • #3
      I'm sorry to say that I wasn't there for this No-Hitter (I was wearing olive drab at the time) but I'm proud to say that I was there on June 19, 1952 when the Oisk came within one batter of pitching a "Perfect" No-Hitter against the Chicago Cubs winning 5-0. :applaud::applaud:

      If I remember it right, he walked Pitcher Willie "The Knuck" Ramsdell in the ninth inning of his No-Hitter.

      Whatta great game ... and a really nice person.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bklyn Boy since 1936 View Post
        I'm sorry to say that I wasn't there for this No-Hitter (I was wearing olive drab at the time) but I'm proud to say that I was there on June 19, 1952 when the Oisk came within one batter of pitching a "Perfect" No-Hitter against the Chicago Cubs winning 5-0. :applaud::applaud:

        If I remember it right, he walked Pitcher Willie "The Knuck" Ramsdell in the ninth inning of his No-Hitter.

        Whatta great game ... and a really nice person.
        Partly from memory and partly from research:

        On June 19 the Chicago Cubs were in town to face the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. It was a heavy, overcast day and rain was said to be imminent.

        That day, Brooklyn scored quickly off of Warren Hacker, who was replaced by Willard "the Knuck" Ramsdell. Since it seemed that it would rain at any time, it was Carl's job to get the Cubs out quickly and get five innings in so the game could go into the books. Ramsdell, a notoriously weak hitter, stepped into the batter's box. For some unknown reason, Carl pitched Willard carefully and threw four successive balls to walk him.

        Interesting side story:

        Then the skies opened and the rains came, causing the players to retreat to the clubhouse. It was the Dodger pastime during times like that to play cards and Bridge was their game of choice. They played for 40 minutes. Carl had just made a four-heart hand, when word came that the game was on again. Erskine changed into a dry uniform and went on to complete the game, winning 5-0 en route to pitching a no-hitter.

        Ramsdell was awarded the "Star of the Game" on Happy Felton's post-game show. Felton would pick a star from each team to appear on his show, and since Ramsdell was the only Cubs base runner he represented the visiting club.

        The no-hitter was special since it was pitched around a 40-minute rain delay. It also received coverage at an unusual place in the newspaper.

        The next day, Carl got a phone call from bridge expert Charles Goren, who had read about Erskine's bridge hand during the rain delay and wanted to recreate Carl's four-heart hand. The Dodger pitcher related the difficulty of describing the bridge hand: "Although I could recall with quite certainty every pitch I threw that day, I couldn't remember my bridge hand."

        The bridge expert created one himself and printed it in the paper.

        And yes, Erskine is one special person!

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        • #5
          may 12, 1956

          i was there that day. my friends and and saw the game with "elsie tickets". 10 wrappers from elsie ice cream and 25 cents got you a ticket to a game. we usually got tix for the cubs or the pirates and we could not believe it when the giant tickets came in the mail. when i got home that afternoon i told my father about the no-hitter, he told me that don ferrarse of the orioles had a no-hitter against the yankees broken up in the 9th inning. he said he kept switching back between the games from channel 9 to 11. that night (saturday) the early edition of sunday's daily news sports headline was :"murder on the dials". i was 12 years old and i remember sitting upstairs on the first base side watching a running catch by furillo on lockman in the corner, and robinson making a great stab at third on a liner by al dark (i think).

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          • #6
            I was at the Yankees game that day. It was my first in-person game. My father gave me the choice of seeing the Dodgers or Yankees. Of course, I chose the Yankees.

            When we got home, I told the kids that I almost saw a no-hitter that afternoon and they told me that I missed seeing one that afternoon.
            Baseball articles you might not like but should read.

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            • #7
              play-by-play of Erskine's no-no

              GIANTS 1ST: Lockman was called out on strikes; Dark grounded out
              (pitcher to first); Mays walked; Rhodes grounded out (first
              unassisted); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 0.

              DODGERS 1ST: Gilliam lined to second; Reese flied out to center;
              Snider walked; Campanella flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1
              LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 0.

              GIANTS 2ND: Spencer flied out to left; White made an out to
              third; Castleman made an out to first; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
              Giants 0, Dodgers 0.

              DODGERS 2ND: Hodges was called out on strikes; Robinson walked;
              Amoros flied out to right; Furillo walked [Robinson to second];
              Erskine flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Giants 0,
              Dodgers 0.

              GIANTS 3RD: Katt grounded out (third to first); Worthington was
              called out on strikes; Lockman flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0
              E, 0 LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 0.

              DODGERS 3RD: Gilliam grounded out (pitcher to first); Reese
              walked; Snider singled to center [Reese to second]; Campanella
              grounded out (pitcher to first) [Snider to second, Reese to
              third]; Hodges walked; Robinson walked [Reese scored, Snider to
              third, Hodges to second]; Amoros was called out on strikes; 1 R,
              1 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 1.

              GIANTS 4TH: Dark walked; Mays lined to third; Rhodes popped to
              catcher in foul territory; Spencer flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H,
              0 E, 1 LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 1.

              DODGERS 4TH: Furillo flied out to center; Erskine popped to
              third in foul territory; Gilliam singled; Reese grounded out
              (pitcher to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 1.

              GIANTS 5TH: White grounded out (first to pitcher); Castleman
              grounded out (catcher to first); Katt flied out to right; 0 R, 0
              H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 1.

              DODGERS 5TH: Snider flied out to center; Campanella flied out to
              center; Hodges was called out on strikes; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
              Giants 0, Dodgers 1.

              GIANTS 6TH: Worthington flied out to left; Lockman grounded out
              (shortstop to first); Dark flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
              LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 1.

              DODGERS 6TH: Robinson was called out on strikes; Amoros flied to
              right in foul territory; Furillo walked; Erskine doubled
              [Furillo out at home (left to center to catcher)]; 0 R, 1 H, 0
              E, 1 LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 1.

              GIANTS 7TH: Mays made an out to first; Rhodes grounded out
              (second to first); Spencer flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
              LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 1.

              DODGERS 7TH: Gilliam flied out to center; Reese singled; Snider
              doubled [Reese scored]; Campanella singled to left [Snider
              scored]; GRISSOM REPLACED WORTHINGTON (PITCHING); Hodges was
              called out on strikes; Robinson lined to left; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1
              LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 3.

              GIANTS 8TH: White struck out; MUELLER BATTED FOR CASTLEMAN;
              Mueller lined to shortstop; Katt grounded out (third to first);
              0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Giants 0, Dodgers 3.

              DODGERS 8TH: THOMPSON REPLACED MUELLER (PLAYING 3B); Amoros made
              an out to shortstop; Furillo grounded out (third to first);
              Erskine popped to first in foul territory; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
              Giants 0, Dodgers 3.

              GIANTS 9TH: WILSON BATTED FOR GRISSOM; Wilson popped to first in
              foul territory; Lockman grounded out (pitcher to first); Dark
              grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Giants
              0, Dodgers 3.

              Final Totals R H E LOB
              Giants 0 0 0 2
              Dodgers 3 6 0 9
              you can take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn, but you can't take the Brooklyn out of the DODGERS
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              • #8
                Erskine seemed to be thinking beyond the hitters that day as if something else was on his mind, maybe it was just what they call the "groove" that euphoric feeling you get That nobody can beat you, in basket ball they call it the zone. maybe not, I mean he took the calls and was trying to get them out, but to me, it just seemed he was thinking about some thing else. Boy, I haven't thought about that in years. batlin bake the dodger dynamo

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by shlevine42 View Post
                  Ramsdell was awarded the "Star of the Game" on Happy Felton's post-game show. Felton would pick a star from each team to appear on his show, and since Ramsdell was the only Cubs base runner he represented the visiting club.
                  And didn't he root for his teammate to make the last out so he would get the appearance prize?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by VIBaseball View Post
                    And didn't he root for his teammate to make the last out so he would get the appearance prize?
                    I think you're in the incorrect thread..........................
                    you can take the Dodgers out of Brooklyn, but you can't take the Brooklyn out of the DODGERS
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                    • #11
                      I should have provided this the first time, Pete -- it's the page I remembered from "The Boys of Summer."

                      Note that the guy who made that last out was ex-Dodger Eddie Miksis.

                      You're right, though, this is a tangent because it's about Oisk's first no-hitter.
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