The Carl and Betty Erskine Society

SO Indiana State Office Contact

Michael Furnish

Current Members:

Carl and Betty Erskine
Sherry and Bill Benner
Judi and Phil Bounsall
Danny and Deborah Dean
Cathy and John Elzinga
Rebecca and Michael Furnish
Larkin (Buzz) Lail
Bob and Susan Pensec
Paul Reis and Mo Merhoff
Mark C. Sherman
Ron and Catherine Stiver

To join The Carl and Betty Erskine Society there are no membership fees or minimum gift amounts. The size of your gift is entirely your choice and is kept confidential. Whether you want to make a gift that costs you nothing during your lifetime, or a gift that gives you guaranteed income for life, Special Olympics Indiana will work with you if you are ready to start a thoughtful process of integrating a charitable gift into your overall financial and estate plans.

A native of Anderson Ind., Carl Erskine enjoyed a successful Major League Baseball career with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers between 1948 and 1959. He pitched in five World Series, winning one in 1955 against the New York Yankees. He pitched two no-hit, no-run games, and led the National League in 1953 with 20 wins and six losses. He played baseball during an era of transformation—the introduction of night games, jet travel, television, and racial desegregation.

As a teammate and friend of Jackie Robinson, he witnessed how the silent perseverance of one man changed society. These lessons learned became part of his legacy when his son Jimmy was born with Down syndrome in 1960. In 2012 Carl wrote “The Parallel” which documents how Carl has seen society change for people with intellectual disabilities through the power of Special Olympics.

For more information about the “The Carl and Betty Erskine Society” or to obtain a copy of “The Parallel”, please contact Michael Furnish at Special Olympics Indiana at 800-742-0612 ext. 235