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Making ends meet

What if athletes had offseason jobs like the old days? Page 2's Ira Fritz has some ideas on what it would be like.

Updated: November 3, 2003, 12:51 PM ET
By Ira Fritz | Special to Page 2

Carl Erskine, star pitcher for the old Brooklyn Dodgers, is 72 years old and hasn't faced a batter since 1959. But hearing him talk about his days as one of Da Bums, you'd think you were talking about last season, not one from over 40 years ago.

After five seasons in the majors, Erskine was still making just $18,000 a year -- about what Alex Rodriguez makes for every pitch he sees. With a salary like that, Erskine did what most major leaguers did back then: get an offseason job.

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