HERB SCORE - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 159100
Black and white publicity photo postcard (3x5) of him in his Cleveland Indians uniform
Photograph Signed: "Herb Score" in blue ink. B/w, 3¼x5¼ overall, 3x5 image, one surface. Devolite Peerless postcard with blank message side. With a catapulting delivery that left him in an awkward fielding position, Herb Score (1933-2008), born Herbert Jude Score in Rosedale, New York, simply overpowered American League hitters for the first two years of his career. In that short time, he joined Whitey Ford and Billy Pierce as the league's dominant left-handed pitchers. In 1955, he won 16 games, fanned a league-leading, rookie-record 245 batters, and was named AL Rookie of the Year. His 1956 season was more than an encore. He upped his strikeouts to 263 while taming some of the wildness he had shown in his rookie season. He posted 20 wins, pitched a league-leading five shutouts, and held opposition batters to a minuscule .186 average. One can only speculate about the kind of career he might have put together had his fortunes not been irreversibly altered on May 7, 1957. On that day at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium, Gil McDougald hit a line drive that struck Score in the eye and ended his season. Questions were raised in the aftermath of the bloody scene as to whether Score would ever see properly again. He made a partial comeback in 1958, but never really recovered. In 1988, Score celebrated his 25th anniversary as a play-by-play announcer for the Indians. Lightly bowed. Otherwise, fine condition.
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