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Score critically hurt in auto-truck crash

Associated Press Published: October 9, 1998 12:00 AM

Score, 65, was reported in critical condition early today at Aultman Hospital in Canton with a brain bruise and some broken ribs. Dr. Todd Meyerhoeffer said Score's condition was not life-threatening.

The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. Thursday at an intersection in this city about 80 miles south of Cleveland.

Score pulled out onto state Route 39 into the path of a tractor-trailer driven by Douglas Ruby, 45, of Dellroy, the State Highway Patrol said. The truck hit Score's car on the passenger side.

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Ruby had minor injuries and was treated and released at Union Hospital.

Score joined the Indians TV broadcast team in 1964, moved to radio in 1968 and retired in 1997.

A left-handed strikeout pitcher, Score won the AL rookie of the year award in 1955. He still holds the AL record of 245 strikeouts by a rookie.

Two years later, he was hit in the cheekbone by a line drive hit by Gil

McDougald of the New York Yankees. Many believe the accident shortened

his career.

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