“The Best We Have: The Story of Carl Erskine” comes February 1 at the Indiana Theater | local news

The story of Carl Erskine, who legendary broadcaster Vin Scully said “lives a perfect game,” comes to the big screen in Washington with the screening of The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story. Erskine was a key figure in the history of Special Olympics Indiana, and the organization has partnered with Ted Green Films to spread Erskine’s messages of friendship, inclusion, servant leadership, and respect.

The Best We’ve Got An Inspirational Night Featuring The Carl Erskine Story takes place on Wednesday, February 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Indiana Theater in Washington. This special film event, hosted by Special Olympics Indiana Daviess County, is sponsored by Steven and Timothy Bowman. Tickets are free to the public and can be picked up at the box office. There is the possibility of a voluntary donation.

“This is a sports film that reaches beyond the great Dodger baseball star and far beyond the field into the heart of the best of humanity,” said James H. Madison, past chair of Indiana University’s history department, of the documentary. Created and produced by award-winning Indiana filmmaker Ted Green, The Best We’ve Got delves deep into the life of 96-year-old Erskine, beginning with his childhood in Anderson and the high points of his legendary major league baseball career . Erskine was a pitcher for the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers — team writer Roger Kahn famously dubbed him “The Boys of Summer” — Erskine was a teammate and friend of Jackie Robinson, the first black player in a sport to win more when they were separated for 50 years. The film also features Erskine’s role as the father of a son with Down syndrome. When Jimmy Erskine was growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s, Special Olympics was still a fledgling organization. At the urging of founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Carl Erskine used his star power to spread awareness of the movement, which would offer countless opportunities to Jimmy and others with intellectual disabilities.

“Without the Carl Erskines of the world, we would never know the true power of sport,” said Tim Shriver, Eunice’s son and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics International. The documentary focuses on important themes from Erskine’s life, such as friendship, inclusion, servant leadership and respect. Since its debut in August in Erskine’s hometown of Anderson, The Best We’ve Got has received multiple recognitions, including the Heartland International Film Festival’s Audience Choice Award.

During filming, Green devoted months to compiling research and collecting historical footage and images, including many from the Erskines’ home albums. In addition, many well-known and respected personalities from sport and society were involved in the project. “The Best We Have” is narrated by Charley Steiner, longtime radio voice for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The film also includes powerful interviews with former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, legendary sportscaster Bob Costas and the late Vin Scully, who spent 67 seasons naming games for the Dodgers. More information and a trailer for The Best We’ve Got, along with the rest of Green’s filmography, are available at Carl Erskine’s film website. In addition to the film, Special Olympics Indiana has partnered with Green for the Duke Energy sponsored Erskine Personal Impact Curriculum. EPIC, released in conjunction with the film at the start of the 2022-23 school year, is a series of age-appropriate educational materials developed by Orbis Education for elementary, middle and high school students. To date, more than 70,000 books have been distributed to 300 schools across Indiana, including the Indianapolis Public Schools. Additional information about EPIC is available on the Special Olympics Indiana website.

About Special Olympics Indiana Special Olympics Indiana is a nonprofit organization that is part of the global Special Olympics movement founded by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation to benefit people with intellectual disabilities. His vision is an inclusive world, powered by the power of sport, through which people with intellectual disabilities live active, healthy and fulfilling lives.

About Ted Green Films In 2010, Ted Green made the transition to filmmaking after 20 years as a newspaper journalist. Since then he has produced and directed eight documentaries, which have won 21 regional Emmys (including Best Documentary for his last four) and a national Gabriel Award in the Human Dignity category. His most recent film, The Best We’ve Got: The Carl Erskine Story, chronicles the inspiring life of the last of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers “Boys of Summer” and one of the great human rights defenders of our time. Previous titles include Eva: A-7063, Attucks: The School that Opened a City, Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard: Heart of a Hoosier, Undefeated: The Roger Brown Story, and Naptown to Super City”. .” Ted holds a BA from Princeton University and a Masters from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

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