Herb Score was “Koufax before Koufax.” In the mid fifties while Sandy was throwing bullpen pitches to Norm Sherry, perfecting a style that would later dominate the National League for years to come, Score was the “King Of The Hill” for the Cleveland Indians in the American League. The screaming liner hit by Gil McDougald [greatest utility infielder who ever lived] in 1957 cut short both their careers.
Herb called Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, a game that brought the Indians and their faithful yet another disappointment.
The loss to the Florida Marlins disappointed Score as well. He went into self-imposed retirement and settled into a life absent the adulation he’d known as the homespun voice of the Indians. His silence left a generation of Tribe fans pleading for “Herbie” to return.
He never did. He never will.
Score died Tuesday morning at his home in Rocky River, Ohio, after a lengthy illness. He was 75, way too young.
Here’s a picture of him in his prime: