04 August 2014

the herb score memorial patch

herb score, the indians' pitcher turned broadcaster passed away in november of 2008.  the team honored him by adding a memorial patch with his number 27 and a microphone to their jerseys for the 2009 season.  here's a look at the patch on shin-soo choo's 2009 upper deck sweet spot card
and here's an up-close look at the patch
score joined the indians the year after their infamous 1954 season - 111 regular season wins but swept in the world series by the giants - and was named the 1955 american league rookie of the year.  in 1956, he led the league in strikeouts for the second straight year, and also won 20 games.  score was 2-1 with 39 strikeouts and 3 complete games after four starts in 1957, but was lost for the season when, in his fifth start, he was hit in the head by a gil mcdougald line drive.

score returned to the indians for the 1958 and 1959 seasons, and later pitched for the white sox from 1960-1962, but was not the same pitcher, winning only 17 games and striking out 290 batters in 345.2 innings pitched.

following his retirement, score joined cleveland's broadcast booth, and called indian games from 1964 through 1997.  score was thus able to call the indians' return to the world series in 1995; the first time the team had reached the fall classic since 1954.  his final game as the team's broadcaster was their game 7 loss in the 1997 series to the marlins.

score was beset by health problems following his retirement from broadcasting - he was injured in a car accident in 1998 and later suffered a debilitating stroke in 2002.  he was 75 years old when he passed away.

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