Friday, November 14, 2008

Herb Score, Indians Pitcher Dies at 75

Herb Score died a few days ago. His career was so promising until Gil McDougald lined a ball into his face. Another reason to root for anyone but the Yankees. For you soccer fans out there, there is one rookie of the year in each league each year.

Herb Score, the 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, the team 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 with a big fastball and big heart, Score pitched for the Indians from 1955-59. He was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1955 after going 16-10. He went 20-9 in 1956 and was twice named to the All-Star team.

However, Score's career took a sad and nearly tragic turn on 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 lay fallen on the field covered in blood, the public address announcer asked the crowd at Municipal Stadium, "If there is a doctor in the stands, will he please report to the playing field."


Mick said...

Herb Score was the voice of the Indians as I was growing up in the 60s in NE Ohio. Not much to root for but Herb kept it interesting. GO TRIBE!

PseudoPiskie said...

We lived in Warren, Ohio in the 50s and were big Score fans. My brother collected his cards. Bye, Herb. sniff.