Today in Tribe History: May 7, 1957
Bob Toth | On 07, May 2017
In a horrifying moment on the mound at Cleveland Stadium, starting pitcher Herb Score is struck in the face by a line drive off of the bat of New York Yankees shortstop Gil McDougald in the first inning.
Score had retired Hank Bauer on a groundout to third before the life-altering play occurred. Third baseman Al Smith was able to field the ball and retire McDougald, but Score suffered damage to his eye and a broken nose. An afterthought following the injury, the Indians will win the game, 2-1. Bob Lemon pitched eight and one-third innings in relief for the win. The go-ahead run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a bases loaded walk by Rocky Colavito.
Off to a 2-1 start with three complete games and three ten-plus strikeout games in his first four starts, the Tribe’s young left-hander will miss the rest of the season and will never fully look like the dominant pitcher he once was after winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award and leading the league in strikeouts while making two All-Star teams in his first two seasons in the Majors.
Score will return for 12 games in 1958 and 30 in 1959, but will be dealt to the Chicago White Sox before the 1960 season. He will go 5-10 in 23 games in his first year with the club, but will make just 12 more appearances over the next two seasons.
Also on this date in Tribe history:
1969 – Former Cleveland second baseman Ray Mack passes away at the age of 52.