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As always, Score's last call was simple, accurate and to the point.
"Line drive, base hit, the game is over," Score said, summing up Edgar Renteria's series-winning hit off Charles Nagy.
Score's personal send-off was brief, too.
"And so that is the season for 1997," he said. "And there's very little else we can say except to tell you it's been a pleasure. I would like to thank all the fans for their kindness over the years. You've been very good to me. And we hope that whoever sits in this chair next, you'll be as kind to them as you have been to me."
Score's subdued style was perfect for fans who couldn't afford to take their pitiful Indians too seriously. Like the late Harry Caray, Score was especially beloved for his ability to gracefully gloss over mistakes ("Swing and a miss, it's fouled back to the screen.").
"Herb told the truth the way he saw it," said former Indians manager Mike Hargrove, who once called Score "the ultimate been-there, done-that guy."
Current Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton worked with Score from 1990-97.
"I consider those the best eight years of my professional career," Hamilton said. "He has always been the one and only voice of the Cleveland Indians. He was a mentor for me -- a sounding board. Outside of my father, I know of no other man who gave me better advice than Herb."
Later in life, Score suffered additional setbacks. He was injured in a traffic accident, incurring a brain bruise and broken ribs when his car collided with a tractor-trailer.
Score is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Nancy, and three children.
Visitation is Friday, and a funeral Mass will be held Saturday morning in Rocky River.
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