Re: Some Obituaries of Recently Deceased Major Leaguers
Originally Posted by RedsBaron
Erskine is still around. His chapter in "The Boys of Summer" depicted his as a particularly admirable person. His son Jimmy suffered from Down's Syndrome.
Of the guys featured in "The boys of Summer" the only ones still living are Erskine, Andy Pakfo and George Shuba. Jackie, Campy, Pee Wee, the Duke, Hodges, Cox, Furillo, Roe, Labine are all gone. Don Newcombe is still alive and was a prominent member of the Brooklyn Dodgers but doesn't really appear much in Kahn's book because the two years it focuses on, 1952-53, were the years Nemcombe was in military service.
I had the chance to meet Erskine a few years back at Franklin College where he gave a speech. Very interesting guy.
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