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  • RIP Herb Score

    Herb Score has now passed away. I used to listen to him on the radio at times when I was a kid.



    CLEVELAND — Herb Score, a Cleveland Indians pitcher and former broadcaster whose promise on the mound was shattered by a line drive, died Tuesday. He was 75.

    Score died at his home in Rocky River, Ohio, team officials said in a statement. He had been in a wheelchair since suffering a stroke in 2002, four years after he was seriously injured in a car accident.

    A hard-throwing left-hander, Score pitched for Cleveland from 1955 to 1959. He was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1955 after going 16-10. He was 20-9 in 1956 and was twice named to the All-Star team.

    Score's career took a sad and nearly tragic turn May 7, 1957, when Gil McDougald of the New York Yankees lined a ball off Score's right eye, breaking his nose and a number of bones in his face.

    As Score was on the field covered in blood, the public-address announcer said to the crowd at Municipal Stadium: "If there is a doctor in the stands, will he please report to the playing field."

    Fearful of being hit again, Score changed his pitching motion, with less favorable results for Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox. He retired in 1962 with a 55-46 record.

    "Herb Score, who was signed by the same scout, Cy Slapnicka, as I was, would've been just as good if not better than Sandy Koufax if it wouldn't have been for his injury to his eye," Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller said. "And Sandy Koufax was the best pitcher I ever saw in my lifetime."

    Score began a second career in baseball when he joined Cleveland's television broadcast team in 1964. He moved to radio in 1968.

    A native of Rosedale, N.Y., his deep voice and thick New York accent became a fixture for generations of Cleveland fans. He retired from broadcasting after the 1997 season, his 34th in the booth.

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    Ive gotten several different items signed by Mr. Score over the years and he was always a gracious signer, despite the bad breaks he always seemed to have- I admire him for the positive attitude he always had despite his setbacks- my thoughts are with his family

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