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The Best We've Got: The Carl Erskine Story

2022  |  88 min   |   Cast   |  Credits



Carl, Betty and Jimmy Erskine

Vin Scully

Tim Shriver

Bob Costas

Mitch Daniels

Bobby Leonard

Branch Rickey III

Peter Vecsey

Peter Golenbock

Many more


Director, Producer, Writer: Ted Green

Editor: Pete Saetre

Music: Dr. Tyron Cooper

Videographers: Andy Young, Vinnie Manganello

Narrator: Charley Steiner


Produced by Ted Green Films, Indiana Historical Society

The Best We've Got: The Carl Erskine Story
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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.


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.


“Without the Carl Erskines of the world,” said Tim Shriver, Eunice’s son and the Chairperson of Special Olympics International, “we would never know the real power of sport.”

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