7 2023

The Carl Erskine Story w Ted Green

7:00PM - 9:15PM  

Laikin Auditorium - JCC

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Anderson’s Carl Erskine, 95, is the last man standing of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ fabled “Boys of Summer,” and does he have a story to tell. A story of the Golden Age of Baseball, playing in five Subway Series, setting the Series strikeout record, throwing two no-hitters, taking Pullmans from town to town with Pee Wee and Campy and Duke, pitching the Dodgers’ very first game in Los Angeles.

Film Screening with film maker Ted Green

But that’s only the beginning. Carl played a seminal role in two of the great human-rights movements of the past century, first as a teammate and close friend of Jackie Robinson, then as a pioneer in the fight for people with special needs. Carl and his wife Betty raised their son Jimmy, who has Down syndrome, at home when there was no schooling or services. They started grass-roots programs, pushed for legislation that ultimately abolished prison-like institutions and is leading to full societal integration. Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver would fly Carl around the country to give his call to action: Holding his World Series ring in one hand and Jimmy’s Special Olympics gold medal in the other, Carl would ask the audience which was the greater achievement. Tears all around.

Sponsor: ADL, JCRC, JFGI