Roger Erickson Professional Biography
Roger played in the Major Leagues with the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees as a starting pitcher. Drafted in 1977 from University of New Orleans by the Twins, he was sent to Class AA Orlando in the Southern League. After leading the league in pitching, he was invited to the Big League Camp and made the Major League Team. He played with the Minnesota Twins 1978-1982. His rookie year he broke a record for the team with 14 wins, a record that remained unbroken until 1991. He was injured and had elbow surgery in 1979; however, he recuperated and went back in the starting lineup. In May of 1982, he was traded to the New York Yankees. He was a starting pitcher with the team in 1982-83. He was traded to the Kansas City Royals, and after an injury, attempted a comeback 1984-89. During that time he pitched for Evansville AAA Detroit Tigers, leagues in Mexico and Italy, San Jose Independent League and the Louisville AAA Cardinals. After a finger injury during the Louisville Cardinals' season, Roger was asked to be pitching coach for the Cardinalsí A team in his hometown of Springfield, IL. After coaching a couple years there, the Cardinals moved the A team from Springfield & Roger chose not to continue traveling. In 1992 he subsequently opened Erickson Sporting Goods retail sports store, and Erickson Baseball School in Springfield. He taught professional instruction to the youth of that city and surrounding areas 1992-1999. He moved to Georgia in 1999 and has taught private lessons here, aside from full time work. Now he is looking forward to have his full time baseball school here, and enjoys helping individuals and teams with hitting and pitching lessons.
Roger with Minnesota Twins 1978-82.
New York Yankees
Roger pitched with the Yankees in 1982-83.
Roger comes from a baseball-loving family, and started young, playing in Little League. He never dreamed at that time that he'd be a Major League Pitcher!