Indians legend Score passes away
Lefty, longtime broadcaster succumbs to lengthy illness
CLEVELAND -- Herb Score 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. Score died Tuesday morning at his home in Rocky River, Ohio, after a lengthy illness. He was 75. "Today is a sad day for the Cleveland Indians family and for Cleveland Indians fans everywhere," team president Paul Dolan said in a written 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 had been in poor health since his car pulled in front of a tractor-trailer on Oct. 8, 1998, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, a town about 80 miles south of Cleveland. Score teetered between life and death at Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, with injuries to his hip, head and pelvis. Even after he left Aultman Hospital for home, Score wasn't the Herb Score that friends and baseball fans had come to know. And they had all gotten to know Score intimately over the years. They welcomed him into their home each time the Indians played. From 1964 to Game 7 of the '97 Series, he had broadcast their games. His partners in the booth --- Jack Corrigan, Joe Tait, Paul Olden, Nev Chandler, Steve Lamar, Reggie Rucker, Bruce Drennan, Bob Feller and others -- came and went, but Score remained a fixture, calling season after season of mostly lousy baseball. "No one in the history of the game has seen more bad baseball than Herb Score," Tait once said.
Funeral arrangements for Herb Score
|Visitation will take place Friday, Nov. 14 from 1-3 p.m. ET and 6-9 p.m. at Busch Funeral Home, 21369 Center Ridge Road in Fairview Park, Ohio. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Christopher's Church, 20141 Detroit Road, Rocky River Road, Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Lakewood Park Cemetery located at 22025 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone of Hope, 5905 Brecksville Road, Independence, Ohio, 44131; or Cleveland Indians Charities, c/o Cleveland Indians Community Outreach Department, 2401 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.|
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.