I’ve gotten all sorts of nice feedback from readers who enjoyed my article on Herb Score, the Lake Worth legend whose astonishing major-league debut as a strikeout king in 1955 made him a Hall of Fame candidate — until his career was cut short by a line drive that struck him in the face.
So glad that readers got a chance to hear about one of the greatest athletes in local history, even if it is 60 years late, and so appreciative that people are taking the time to tell me.
Score is one of those names in the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame that slips through the cracks, but there still are people who went to school with him Lake Worth High and remember what a terrific and humble guy he was.
If you didn’t see the story in Sunday’s Palm Beach Post, here’s a link to the digital version, which looks so much better thanks to the presentation skills of Post illustrator Mark Buzek.
As lengthy as the story was, there always are a few tidbits that get left out.
When Score was in the hospital in 1957, for instance, recovering from injuries sustained by the line drive that struck him in the right eye, the citizens of Lake Worth got together to send him a get-well telegram. There were so many names affixed that the telegram wound up being 125 feet long.
Also, there was a spring-training game in Miami when Score was still trying to make the Cleveland Indians roster. He was scheduled to pitch against Willie Mays and the New York Giants. A few local civic groups attended the game to show support and even managed to get a few representatives on the field prior to the game to declare it “Herb Score Night.”
This kind of thing would never happen today, but it’s kind of sweet to think about.
The service groups, Civitan and Rotary and such, even presented Score with gifts that night before he went out to pitch — a silver plate and a set of steak knives.