Birth name: Carl Daniel Erskine
Birth date: December 13, 1926
Birth place: Anderson, Indiana
Weight: 165 lbs.
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown
High school: Anderson High School
College: Anderson College
Occupation: Baseball player, coach, insurance agent,
Parents: Matt and Mrs. Erskine
Siblings: Lloyd and Donald
Wife: Betty (married October 5, 1947)
Children: 3 sons, 1 daughter
Team: Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers
Jersey number: 17
Debut game: July 25, 1948
Final game: June 4, 1959
Did you know?
• Earned his nickname “Oisk” from Brooklyn fans who called him “Cal Oyskin” in
their “Brooklynese” accents; last name eventually shortened to “Oisk” when
yelled from the stands of Ebbets Field, the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
• Elected into Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.
• Wrote two books, “Tales from the Dodger Dugout” and “What I learned from
• Featured in “The Boys of Summer,” a book written by Roger Kahn recounting
the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team up to their victory in the
• Holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from Anderson University and Marian
• Recipient of the 1956 National Jaycee's Ten Outstanding Young Men of
• Charter member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes
• Served in the U.S. Navy
• A national and state representative for Indiana Special Olympics.
• President of the First National Bank in Anderson, Indiana from 1982-1993
• Coached the Anderson College baseball team for 12 seasons, winning four