Like A Death In The Family

Growing up in Cleveland in the 70’s and early 80’s there were pretty much three voices that all sports fans knew and loved. The first is Joe Tait, the current voice of the the Cleveland Cavs and previous broadcaster for the Indians in the 70’s. The second was Nev Chandler, the late great voice of the Browns (and Indians in the early 80’s) that many non-Clevelanders probably would recognize if they ever heard or saw many of the clips from the AFC Championship games against Denver in the mid-80’s. Last and not least was the legendary voice of the Indians for over 30 years, Herb Score.

Many of my childhood memories revolve around spending my summers listening to Herb calling the games of absolutely horrible Indians team on WWWE and yelling at the dial because of Score’s unique commentary that at times rivaled famed Chicago Cub broadcaster Harry Carry.

— “It’s a long drive. Is it fair? Is it foul? It is.”

— “Two runs, three hits, one error, and after three we’re still scoreless.”

— “Hi, everybody,” he said once. “This is Herb Score coming to you from Milwaukee County Stadium.” A silence followed, in which it was obvious someone was correcting him.

“What,” exclaimed Score, “Oh, Chicago’s Comiskey Park. No wait a minute. I’ll get this right. Kansas City’s Royals Stadium.”

So the news yesterday that Herb passed away hits me almost as hard as if he was a member of the family.

Longtime Indians pitcher and broadcaster Herb Score has passed away after a lengthy illness. The team says Score died Tuesday morning at his home in Rocky River.

The Cleveland Indians and Team President Paul Dolan issued the following statement, “Today is a sad day for the Cleveland Indians family and for Cleveland Indians fans everywhere. 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.”

A few highlights of Herb’s life and career from WKYC in Cleveland:

Goodbye Herb, hopefully wherever you are now has the Indians winning a World Series.

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