November 11, 2008

Former Indians hurler Herb Score dies

Former Cleveland Indians pitcher Herb Score, whose promising baseball career was marred by the injury he received when he was struck by a line drive, died on Tuesday at the age of 75, the team said.

The Indians said Score died at his home in Rocky River, Ohio. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Score joined an Indians' rotation that included future Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and Early Wynn in 1955.

He earned Rookie of the Year honors that season, winning 16 games and striking out an American League-high 245.

The following season he won 20 games, led the AL with five shutouts and increased his strikeout total to 263.

But on May 7, 1957, a line drive off the bat of New York Yankees infielder Gil McDougald hit the 23-year-old pitcher in the right eye.

Score pitched through the 1962 season, joining the Chicago White Sox in 1960, but he was never the same.

"He was a great pitcher," former Indians right fielder Rocky Colavito told the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. "He had a chance at becoming as good a lefty as there ever was. He had that kind of stuff.

"He had hard knocks, but he never complained," Colavito added. "You had to respect him for that."

In 1963 Score became an Indians broadcaster, retiring in 1997.


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