Thursday, September 15, 2011

Carl Erskine talks sign stealing that the 1951 Giants / Dodgers rivalry

Carl Erskine was one ill-placed curveball from possibly changing the fate of the 1951 playoff between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants.

When manager Charlie Dressen checked with his coach Clyde Sukeforth on the status of both Erskine and Ralph Branca to relieve a tiring Don Newcombe, Sukeforth replied, “He [Erskine] just bounced his curveball.” A few pitches later, Bobby Thomson stepped up to the plate and blasted the infamous home run off of Ralph Branca that became widely known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World.”

Erskine remained in the bullpen for a front row seat to one of baseball's most lauded moments. The moment; however, was not without controversy. Click here to read and watch Erskine's take on the alleged sign-stealing by the New York Giants.

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