Today in Tribe History: March 18, 1957
Bob Toth | On 18, Mar 2015
The deal, thought to be the largest such offer to date in Major League baseball, was refused by Greenberg, who wanted to build for the future and not sell off its best players. The southpaw Score led the American League for the second consecutive season with a career-high 263 strikeouts in 1956. The 1955 AL Rookie of the Year won 20 games in just his second season and was twice selected to the All-Star team, but he would make just five appearances in 1957 before being struck by a line drive off of the bat of New York’s Gil McDougald with the second at bat of the game on May 7, 1957.
Score would never be the same after that. He did not pitch again until 1958 and was limited to 12 games and only one start after April 30th. He returned to form to some degree in 1959, going 9-11 with 147 strikeouts in 30 games, but had a then career-high 4.71 ERA with 14 wild pitches. He was dealt to the White Sox at the start of the 1960 season for Barry Latman and spent three seasons in Chicago, playing 35 games with a 6-12 record and 4.25 ERA.