Score dies; spent his career as Indians pitcher, broadcaster

Updated: November 11, 2008, 2:32 PM ET
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CLEVELAND -- 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.

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Calvin D. Campbell/Getty ImagesHerb Score was named the AL's Rookie of the Year in 1955 and was an All-Star twice in his career.

Score died at his home in Rocky River, Ohio, the team said in a statement.

"Today is a sad day for the Cleveland Indians family and for Cleveland Indians fans everywhere," team president Paul Dolan said in a statement. "We have lost one of the greatest men in the history of our franchise. Generations of Indians fans owe their love of the Tribe to Herb Score, who was a powerful pitcher and legendary broadcaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the Family."

Score pitched for the Indians from 1955 to '59. He was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1955 after going 16-10. He went 20-9 in 1956 and twice made the All-Star team.

However, Score's career took a sad 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. Though he recovered his vision, Score was never the same after the injury.

Score later went on to become the legendary "Voice of the Indians" for a 34-year run from 1963 to 1997.

Information from The Associated Press is included in this report