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One of Brooklyn's favorite pitchers during the 1950s, Carl Erskine earned the win in his major league debut on July 25, 1948, pitching a scoreless inning of relief in the Dodgers' 7-6 come-from-behind win at Forbes Field. Here's the very baseball that served as the final out of that game, and it comes directly from the collection of Erskine with a Lelands LOA. The official National League (Frick) baseball, which appears MT, shows use and features the following notation in Erskine's own hand in 7/10 ink: "7-25-48, Pittsburg 6, Brooklyn 7, Carl Erskine."
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