June 14, 2011
Tue Jun 14, 2011, 09:54 PM EDT
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Husband and wife Carl and Betty Erskine, Park Place Community Center and the Indianapolis Colts received the Anderson Rotary Club’s annual Community Image Awards on Tuesday during the club’s weekly luncheon at Anderson Country Club.
Tom Van Osdol, who presented the award, offered quotes from others and his own praise of the Erskines for their service to the community and to the Special Olympics, and for the example they’ve set for married couples, families, athletes and business people.
With the help of Betty, Carl played Major League Baseball for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, throwing two no-hitters and setting a World Series record for strikeouts. He has also written books about his baseball career, including one recapping his relationship with teammate Jackie Robinson, MLB’s first black player.
After Carl retired in 1959 from playing baseball, the Erskines moved back to Anderson, their hometown, and Carl coached the Anderson College baseball team. He later embarked on a career in real estate and banking. The Erskines have been active in Special Olympics and other community organizations.
Park Place Community Center was lauded for providing food, recreation and other support for the neighborhood it occupies near the Anderson University campus. The Indianapolis Colts were honored for bringing about 90,000 fans to AU for training camp last summer.