Baseball saw some of its biggest transformations in the 1940s and 50s.
The introduction of night games, television, racial desegregation and prevalence of jet travel all had a profound impact on how the game was forever played, observed and experienced.
Through these unprecedented times stood Carl Erskine, famed pitcher of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Along with his critically important relationship with the first African-American player in major league baseball history, Jackie Robinson, Carl also faced immeasureable challenges with his health and the birth of his Down’s Syndrome son, Jimmy.
How Carl faced these challenges -- with grace, love and leadership -- defined a life that every adult wants to know about and every child wants to emulate.
By embracing the ordinariness of life and making it extraordinary, a scrawny little kid from a small city in Central Indiana becomes one of the most successful pitchers in baseball history -- and on one of the most beloved teams in history -- the 1955 World Series winning “Boys of Summer” Brooklyn Dodgers. But this extraordinary life only begins with baseball. What happens with the rest of his life is why authors write books...and why he wrote his own.