Herb Score

Herbert Jude Score (June 7, 1933 – November 11, 2008) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) player and announcer. Score pitched for the Cleveland Indians from 1955 through 1959 and the Chicago White Sox from 1960 through 1962. He was the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year in 1955, and an AL All-Star in 1955 and 1956. Due to an on-field injury that occurred in 1957, he retired early as a player in 1962.[1] Score was a television and radio broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians from 1964 through 1997. He was inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame in 2006.

Herb Score
Herb Score 1955
Score in 1955
Born: June 7, 1933
Rosedale, New York
Died: November 11, 2008 (aged 75)
Rocky River, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 15, 1955, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
May 4, 1962, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
Win–loss record55–46
Earned run average3.36
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Herb Score was born in Rosedale, New York, in 1933. At 3, he was run over by a truck and later had rheumatic fever. As a teenager, he started playing basketball and baseball at Holy Name of Mary School until he moved with his family to Lake Worth, Florida. In 1952, he threw six no-hitters for the Lake Worth Community High School baseball team, when the school won its only state baseball championship.[2]

On June 7, 1952 (his 19th birthday), he signed a baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians. He was sent to Indianapolis of the American Association where he made 10 pitching starts. In 1953, he moved to Cleveland's Class A affiliate, Reading (Pennsylvania) of the Eastern League. At Reading, he became a roommate and lifetime friend with Rocky Colavito, a near future Cleveland Indians home run hitter and right fielder from the Bronx, New York.[3] For the 1954 season, both were promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis. Score was named The Sporting News Minor League Player of the Year and began to be referred to as "left-handed Bob Feller".[4]

MLB playing career

Cleveland Indians (1955–1959)

In 1955, Score came up to the Major Leagues (with Colavito) as a rookie with the Cleveland Indians at the age of 21. He quickly became one of the top power pitchers in the American League, no small feat on a team that still included Bob Feller, Bob Lemon and other top pitchers, going 16–10 with a 2.85 Earned run average (ERA) in his first year.[5] He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine on May 30, 1955.[4] Score struck out 245 batters in 1955, a Major League rookie record that stood until 1984, when it was topped by Dwight Gooden (Score, Gooden, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Don Sutton, Gary Nolan, Kerry Wood, Mark Langston, and Hideo Nomo were the only eight rookie pitchers to top 200 strikeouts in the 20th century). It was the first time in MLB history a regular starting pitcher averaged over one strikeout per inning.[6]

In 1956, Score improved on his rookie campaign, going 20–9 with a 2.53 ERA and 263 strikeouts, while reducing the number of walks from 154 to 129, and allowed only 5.85 hits/9 innings,[5] which would stand as a franchise record until it was broken by Luis Tiant's 5.30 in 1968.

Injury from Gil McDougald's line drive

On May 7, 1957, during the first inning of a night game against the New York Yankees at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Score threw a low fastball to Gil McDougald with Jim Hegan catching. McDougald lined the pitch to the mound and struck Score in the face, breaking Score's facial bones and injuring his eye. The ball caromed to third baseman Al Smith, who threw McDougald out before he rushed to the pitching mound to aid Score. McDougald, seeing Score hit by the baseball and then lying down and injured, also ran immediately to the pitching mound, instead of first base, to help Score. McDougald reportedly vowed to retire if Score permanently lost his sight in one eye as a result of the accident. Score eventually recovered his 20/20 vision, though he missed the rest of the season.

He returned early in the 1958 season.[4] Though many believe Score feared being hit by another batted ball, and thus changed his pitching motion, Score himself rejected that theory. Score would tell Cleveland sportswriter Terry Pluto (for The Curse of Rocky Colavito) that, in 1958, after pitching and winning a few games and feeling better than he'd felt in a long time, he tore a tendon in his arm while pitching on a damp night against the Washington Senators and sat out the rest of the season.

In 1959, he had shifted his pitching motion in a bid to avoid another, similar injury. "The reason my motion changed", Score told Pluto, "was because I hurt my elbow, and I overcompensated for it and ended up with some bad habits." As a result of the changes Score made in his pitching delivery, his velocity dropped and he incurred further injuries. Score pitched the full 1959 season, going 9–11 with a 4.71 ERA and 147 strikeouts.[5]

In the book The Greatest Team Of All Time (Bob Adams, Inc, publisher. 1994), Mickey Mantle picked Score as the toughest American League left-handed pitcher he faced (before the injury). Yogi Berra picked Score for his "Greatest Team Of All Time".

Chicago White Sox (1960–1962)

Score was traded to the Chicago White Sox by Cleveland on April 18, 1960 for pitcher Barry Latman.[7] Score's roommate, Colavito, was traded to the Detroit Tigers the day before.[8] Score was reunited on the Chicago team with some former Indians players and manager Al Lopez.[4] Score pitched parts of the following three seasons before retiring. He finished with a major league career record of 55–46, a 3.36 ERA, and 837 strikeouts over eight seasons in 858​13 innings pitched.[5]

MLB broadcasting career

Score retired from playing baseball in 1962. Beginning in 1964, he was employed as a television and radio play-by-play announcer with the Cleveland Indians for the next 34 years, first on television from 1964 to 1967, and then on radio from 1968 to 1997, the longest career for an Indians play-by-play announcer. Score was revered by the Indians fans for his announcing style, including a low voice and a low-key style, as well as a habit of occasionally mispronouncing the names of players on opposing teams. Score's final Major League Baseball game as an announcer was Game 7 of the 1997 World Series.[9]

Retirement and death

On October 8, 1998, while driving to Florida after being inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame[10] the night before, Score was severely injured in a traffic accident.[11] He pulled into the path of a westbound tractor-trailer truck near New Philadelphia, Ohio, and his car was struck in the passenger side.[12] He suffered trauma to his brain, chest, and lungs. The orbital bone around one of his eyes was fractured, as were three ribs and his sternum. He spent over a month in the intensive care unit, and was released from MetroHealth Hospital in mid-December.[13][14] He was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.[15][16]

He went through a difficult recovery, but managed to throw out the first pitch at the Indians' Opening Day on April 12, 1999.[17] He suffered a stroke in 2002, and died on November 11, 2008, at his home in Rocky River, Ohio, after a lengthy illness.[18][19] He is interred at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River. The Indians wore a patch on their uniform during the 2009 season to honor him.

Awards and honors


High school



  • Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (class of 1996) [23]
  • Cleveland Press Club Journalism Hall of Fame (class of 1998)[24]
  • Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame (class of 1998)[25]

See also


  1. ^ Liscio, Stephaie (May 7, 2011). "Remembering Herb Score". Society of American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Herb Score, Big League Star who Pitched at Lake Worth, Dies at 75." Palm Beach Post, November 11, 2008
  3. ^ Wancho, Joseph. "Rocky Colavito". Society of American Baseball Research. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Herb Score - Society for American Baseball Research". SABR.org. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d "Herb Score Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "What Took You So Long?". Sports Illustrated. June 7, 2010. Retrieved June 7, 2010.
  7. ^ Plain Dealer, April 19, 1960
  8. ^ Wancho, Joseph. "Rocky Colavito". Society of American Baseball Research. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Herb Score Obituary on Legacy.com". Legacy.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Broadcasters Hall of Fame Archived 2008-12-08 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Scholz, Karin. 1998. Herb score hospitalized after truck slams auto. Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), October 9, 1998.
  12. ^ Score has condition upgraded, stays in intensive care. 1998. Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), October 10, 1998.
  13. ^ Hoynes, Paul. 1998. Score moved out of intensive care. Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), November 13, 1998.
  14. ^ 1998. Score out of hospital, still doesn't recall crash. Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), December 12, 1998.
  15. ^ Associated Press. 1998. Score, in hospital, cited for failure to yield. Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), October 12, 1998.
  16. ^ http://ww.cleveland.com/tribe/index.ssf/2008/11/former_indians_broadcaster_her
  17. ^ Crump, Sarah. 1999. First pitch Score's on opening day. Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), April 9, 1999.
  18. ^ Cleveland Plain Dealer Archived 2009-04-19 at the Wayback Machine November 11, 2008
  19. ^ "Indians legend Score passes away". MLB.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  20. ^ a b "Herb Score Stats - Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  21. ^ "Indians Hall of Fame returns". MLB.com. Archived from the original on 2015-02-11. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  22. ^ "S-V - Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame". ClevelandSportsHall.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  23. ^ "Hall of fame". CABCleveland.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  24. ^ agency, thunder::tech :: an integrated marketing. "The Press Club of Cleveland - Serving and honoring communications professionals since 1887 - Hall of Fame Archives". PressClubCleveland.com. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  25. ^ Ohio Broadcasters HOF Archived March 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine

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Billy Klaus

William Joseph Klaus (December 9, 1928 – December 3, 2006) was an American professional baseball shortstop and third baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves (1952–1953), Boston Red Sox (1955–1958), Baltimore Orioles (1959–1960), Washington Senators (1961), and Philadelphia Phillies (1962–1963). He played the end of the 1963 season playing for the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). Klaus batted left-handed and threw right-handed, and was listed as 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and 160 pounds (73 kg), during his playing days.

Born in Spring Grove, Illinois, Klaus attended Grant Community High School in Fox Lake, Illinois. One of four children, his family lived on a dairy farm and at one point he had to leave high school in order to help on the farm while his father was ill. Klaus was the older brother of MLB infielder Bobby Klaus, who played for the Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets in 1964–1965.

After nine games played and seven at bats without a hit during brief trials for the 1952–53 Braves, Klaus was included in one of the most important trades of the early 1950s, when Milwaukee sent him to the New York Giants on February 1, 1954, with pitchers Johnny Antonelli and Don Liddle and catcher Ebba St. Claire (plus US$50,000) for erstwhile Giants' hero Bobby Thomson and catcher Sam Calderone. The deal came out heavily in the Giants' favor, with Antonelli pitching them to the 1954 National League (NL) pennant and world championship. Thomson, meanwhile, broke his ankle and was able to play in only 43 games that season. Klaus never appeared in a Giants' uniform; he was the all-star shortstop in the Triple-A American Association (as a Minneapolis Miller), hitting 21 home runs (HR), and was acquired by the Red Sox during the 1954–55 offseason.

In his 1955 rookie season with the BoSox, Klaus had a career-high .283 batting average, with seven HR, and 60 runs batted in (RBI) (another career-high), and finished second place in American League Rookie of the Year voting behind Herb Score. "On February 2, 1956, Klaus was awarded the first annual Harry Agganis Memorial Award by the Boston baseball writers as the Red Sox Rookie of the Year. ... Ted Williams sent a telegram from his home in Florida, congratulating Klaus and articulating his value to the team as only Ted could put it: “Billy Klaus was one of the greatest little competitors I ever played with.”" A year later, he posted almost identical numbers (.271/7/59), and in 1957 he belted a high-career 10 homers.

In an 11-season MLB career, Klaus was a .249 lifetime hitter, with 40 HR, and 250 RBI, in 821 games played. He totaled 626 hits.

After his active career, Klaus managed Minor League Baseball (MiLB) affiliates of the Senators and Oakland Athletics. When he finally left baseball completely, he worked as a painter and lived in both Sarasota Florida and North Carolina.

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Frank Baumann (baseball)

Frank Matt Baumann (born July 1, 1933) is an American former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs between 1955 and 1965. He batted and threw left-handed, stood 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and weighed 205 pounds (93 kg).

Baumann signed with the Red Sox in 1952 out of high school in his native St. Louis, receiving a $90,000 bonus from owner Tom Yawkey, who nicknamed him "Beau". He won 10 of 11 decisions for the Triple-A Louisville Colonels in 1953, his second season in professional baseball, before being drafted into United States Army service during the Korean War.

When he mustered out of the Army in mid-1955, he joined the MLB Red Sox in late July. In his debut, he earned a victory with 5​2⁄3 innings of scoreless relief, as Boston defeated the Detroit Tigers, 3–2. Early in his career Baumann was touted as "a Herb Score with control". But an arm injury incurred during his military service hampered his Red Sox tenure. He needed return trips to the minor leagues from 1956–58 before making the Red Sox roster for the full 1959 campaign. Then, that November, he was traded to the White Sox for lanky first baseman and power-hitting prospect Ron Jackson.

The trade set the stage for Baumann's most successful season. In 1960, as a member of the defending American League champions, he had a 13–6 mark for the White Sox, and led AL pitchers with a 2.67 ERA. In 47 games pitched, including 20 starts, he compiled seven complete games and two shutouts. He added four saves as a relief pitcher. But he followed in 1961 with a disappointing 10–13 record, led the AL in earned runs allowed, and his ERA ballooned by almost three full runs, to 5.61. His effectiveness largely returned in 1962, but thereafter he made only one more start over his final two years with the ChiSox and in 1964 he again struggled on the mound. His ERA climbed to 6.19, and Baumann was traded to the cross-town Cubs during the off-season. He made four appearances out of the Cub bullpen in 1965, posted an ERA over 7.00, and was sent to Triple-A during the May roster cutdown from 28 to 25 men. His active career concluded after that season.

When healthy, he was a reliable pitcher, effective as a starter, set-up man and occasional closer. In his 11-season MLB career, Baumann posted a 45–38 record with a 3.90 ERA and 13 saves in 244 games pitched, 78 as a starter. In 797​1⁄3 innings pitched, he allowed 856 hits and 300 base on balls, with 384 strikeouts.

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Norm Zauchin

Norbert Henry Zauchin (November 17, 1929 – January 31, 1999) was a professional baseball first baseman. He played all or part of six seasons in Major League Baseball for the Boston Red Sox (1951, 1955–57) and Washington Senators (1958–59). He batted and threw right-handed. In a six-season career, Zauchin was a .233 hitter with 50 home runs and 159 RBI in 346 games. He is most remembered for driving in 10 runs during a major league game.

A native of Royal Oak, Michigan, Zauchin graduated from Royal Oak High School in 1948. He served two years in the United States Army during the Korean War and then became a major league baseball player. He started his professional career in 1950 with the Double-A Birmingham Barons, where he set a Rickwood Field field record with 35 home runs.

His most productive season came in 1955, when he hit .239 with 27 home runs for the Red Sox and finished third in American League Rookie of the Year voting, behind Herb Score and Billy Klaus. Zauchin played in 130 games and led AL first basemen in fielding percentage (.995). On May 27, 1955, Zauchin collected 10 RBI with three home runs and a double in the first five innings of a 16–0 victory over Washington.Before the 1958 season, Zauchin was traded with Albie Pearson to the Senators for Pete Runnels. Runnels went on to win two batting titles for Boston, in 1960 and 1962, and just miss another by six points in 1958. Zauchin retired in 1960 after spending his last year in the minor leagues.

Zauchin died from prostate cancer in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 69. He was inducted into the Royal Oak High School Hall of Fame in 1997.


Score or scorer may refer to:

Test score, the result of an exam or test

Tom Hamilton (sportscaster)

Tom Hamilton (born August 19, 1954) is an American sportscaster, primarily known as the chief radio play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team. During the baseball offseason, Hamilton also calls college basketball games for the Big Ten Network.

Hamilton joined the Indians Radio Network for the 1990 season, after spending three years in the booth for the then AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Columbus Clippers. He was paired with Indians legend Herb Score until 1997, when Score retired after 30 seasons. Hamilton became chief play by play announcer in the 1998 season, a position he still holds today. Because of his longevity and popularity, he is now considered to be the "voice of the Tribe".

In the offseason, Hamilton calls college basketball games (usually Ohio State games) for the Big Ten Network. Prior to the founding of the Big Ten Network, he served in the same capacity for ESPN Plus.

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