Only seven no-hitters were pitched in the National League in the 1950s, and Brooklyn’s Carl Erskine pitched two of them. A short, hard-throwing right-hander, Erskine was a strikeout pitcher, and in the 1953 World Series against the New York Yankees he set a record when he fanned 14 batters in a game.
Erskine pitched his entire 12-year career for the Dodgers, winning 122 games, including 20 in 1953 when he led the NL in winning percentage. Erskine was one of the most popular players on the club, and was one of the few to actually live in Brooklyn during his playing career. In 2002, a street in Brooklyn was named in his honor.
On May 12, 1956, Erskine no-hit the rival New York Giants, beating them 3-0. It was his second no-hitter, four years earlier he tossed a no-no against the Chicago Cubs.