8:30 P.M. EDT 05-07-22
NEW YORK STATE COVID TRACKER REPORTING THERE WERE 550 NEW PERSONS TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID IN 5,650 TESTS ADMINISTERED FRIDAY, PUSHING THE LAST 6 DAYS TOTAL NEW CASES TO 2,623 BEFORE TODAY’S COVID TESTS ARE REPORTED. THE 2,623 MARKS THE SIXTH CONSECUTIVE WEEK COVID NEW POSITIVES HAVE INCREASED IN THE COUNTY.
SHOULD WESTCHESTER POSITIVES COME IN AT 400 CASES TODAY SATURDAY, WHICH WILL BE REPORTED SUNDAY, IT WOULD PUSH WESTCHESTER TO OVER 3,000 NEW INFECTIONS THIS WEEK, MAY 1 TO 7
THE LAST TIME WESTCHESTER RECORDED OVER 3,000 NEW POSITIVES FOR COVID IN ONE WEEK WAS THE LAST WEEK IN JANUARY 14 WEEKS AGO.THE NEW CASES HAVE BEEN INCREASING FOR 6 WEEKS.
THE REST OF THE MID-HUDSON REGION CONTINUES TO GROW IN INFECTIONS. SO DO NASSAU AND SUFFOLK COUNTIES WHICH TOGETHER FOUND 1,732 NEW POSITIVES IN 15,181 TESTS, A POSITIVE RATE OF 11%.
NEW YORK CITY REPORTED THROUGH ALL 5 BOROUGHS 3,373 NEW CASES. THURSDAY NYC REPORTED 7.264 PERSONS NEWLY TESTED POSITIVE
WPCNR VIEW FROM THE UPPER DECK. By “Bull Allen” . May 8, 2022:
It was 65 years ago when it happened.
It can happen to any of us any time in our lives.
I heard it happen to Herb Score.
On the radio with Mel Allen doing the broadcast from Cleveland on WINS 1010.
It was the first inning at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland and the best lefthander in the American League at the time, 1955 Rookie of the Year,1956 strikeout leader, 20 game winner was on the mound for “The Tribe.”
There were 18,000 fans in the old double-decked Wigwam on the lake built the year Herb Score was born.
Tom Sturdivant was pitching for the Yankees, another rookie phenom.
The crowd came to see a pitching duel.
What they saw they would never forget.
“The Tribe,” for years a class contending team in the American League, perennial challengers to the 1950s New York Yankees was finally poised to overtake the dominance of the Bronx Bombers, the 1956 World Champions.
The Tribe had Score and Lemon and Wynn and Garcia their four starters, and power hitter Rocky Colavito, Bobby Avila, Roger Maris, Gene Woodling, Al Smith, Vic Wertz in the lineup. Score was the new Tribe, the hope of the fans.
Score in his big long stride over-the-top southpaw delivery was a strikeout King at only 23 years of age.
He retired the first batter, Hank Bauer in the Lake Erie twilight
Then Gil McDougald, Yankee shortstop, second batter stood in the batter’s box.
I was 12 years old, and Mel Allen was on the play-by-play, describing in his tense mellow style that sounded like this what I remember he said or would have voiced,
“Score into the windup down comes the left arm and the pitch….McDougald swings a line drive a bullet…it hits Score ….bounds to Smith at third. Score is down, he’s hurt. McDougald is stopped, walking to the mound Smith at third throws to first for the out Score is curled up motionless….(the crowd was hushed in silence).
I turned the radio off. I was in tears.
I think of this sobering incident every year on May 7. It happened 65 years ago tonight.
Herb Score the strikeout leader in his rookie year 1955 with 245 strikeouts and 16 win, 10 losses 11 complete games in his first year in the real big leagues. Amazing debut. Talk of the league. He filled Muncipal Stadium (Cleveland Stadium) every time he pitched.
Herb Score held the Major league record for most strikeouts by a rookie pitcher, 245 before Dwight Gooden of the Mets broke it 1984 with 276 (at the age of 19).
Then in 1956, Score the strickeout leader struck out more than 245, with 263 K’s in his second season, 1956, winning 20 games and losing nine, with Hall of Fame stuff. Big Train fastball and sweeping curve.
At 6 foot 2 inches and 185 pounds he was the second of the bigger, stronger pitchers (the other was Big Newk, Don Newcombe) to come in the 1960s when pitching by taller, “power” pitchers Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax, Denny McLain, Frank Lary, Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton, began to dominate the hitters with dominating stuff, and quite frankly, intimidation. Finesse pitchers like Whitey Ford and Billy Pierce began to become less effective and pitched lesser innings giving way to the birth of the closer. But that is another story.
They did not televise Yankee roadgames in those days. There is no televised replay of this incident that I could locate to show this incident.
Score was never quite the same, but Mr. Score pitched for the Indians through 1959, but was not as effective. Herb said it was not the eye-injury that affected his pitching, but rather his arm experienced troubles. He said, “I just wasn’t pitching as well.”
Score was a lesson for us fans of the game at the time.
Whenever he pitched in subsequent years, and I saw his name as starting pitcher, I always checked on the box score of his game. I admired him trying to comeback. I rooted for him. Every fan did. Like we rooted for Tony Conigliaro struck in the eye by a pitch.
When he did retire just six years later, he became an Indians broadcaster for decades. The Voice of the Indians.
The fans loved Herb Score. He never complained or looked back and cursed his luck. He said you cannot look back.
He represents more than any other ballplayer how fleeting is success, how fragile happiness is, how a misstep, an accident, a false word, a loss of temper, a loss of wariness and being careful or doing something stupid, can turn around your life, your career, in an instant.
Waite Hoyt the old Yankee pitcher of the 1920s said “I’d rather be lucky than good.”
Score was a great pitcher, a natural.
But he was not lucky.
He was not bitter.
He had courage.
An athlete to remember.
He was from Rosedale, Queens. He was no stranger to illness and misfortune when he was a child. He made to the major leagues despite a serious auto accident injuring his legs, and overcoming illnesses. A real New Yorker, son of a New York City policeman.
The legacy of Herb Score is to keep looking to the future.
Forget about the past and keep moving on as best you can.
Even when a line drive shatters your dreams, you can still make them come true and do the best with what you have.
You’ve still got it.
Your heart is always with you.
It takes heart.
I remember Cleveland Stadium and Herb Score
UPDATED 4:45 P.M. EDT 5/6/22
THE 5 BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK CITY DOUBLED THE NUMBER OF NEW POSITIVE COVID CASES CITYWIDE YESTERDAY MAY 5 IN ONE DAY WEDNESDAY TO THURSDAY– REPORTING 7,264 NEW PERSONS TESTING POSITIVE THURSDAY COMPARED TO 3,476 ON WEDNESDAY. THE 5 BOROUGHS HAVE REPORTED 18,307 NEW COVID CASES IN 5 DAYS THE FIRST WEEK IN MAY AN AVERAGE OF 3,661 NEW CASES A DAY.
BULLETIN 4:00 EDT 5/6/22
NEW YORK STATE COVID TRACKER REPORTED 557 NEW PERSONS TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID YESTERDAY MAY 5 IN WESTCHESTER COUNTY
THE SECOND DAY OF OVER 500 NEW POSITIVES, 1,070 NEW PERSONS TESTING POSITIVE IN THE COUNTY BRINGS THE TOTAL FOR THE FIRST 5 DAYS OF THIS WEEK TO 2,053 NEW PERSONS SHOWING POSITIVE, AVERAGING 410 NEWLY INFECTED PERSONS EACH DAY
COVID AT LARGE: SPANNING THE METROPOLITAN AREA –ONLY BAD NEWS DESPITE ENCOURAGING OPTIMISM FROM MEDIA AND POLITICIANS
PERSONALITIES: INTERVIEWS OF SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, DR. JOSEPH RICCA; GEORGE LATIMER STATEMENT; COUNCILMAN JAMES MARTIN ON THE CITY BUDGET; PREVIEW OF WESTCHESTER THEATRE DEBUT THE MOST NEWS IN 28 MINUTES COMMERCIAL FREE!
379 NEW CASES A DAY FIRST 4 DAYS OF WEEK, 1,516 TOTAL SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
WPCNR COVID DAILY. Statistics from NY State Covid Tracker. Observations & Analysis by John F. Bailey. May 5, 2022:
Westchester County experienced its largest day of positives Wednesday since January 27 of this year when it was coming off the covid 4th and largest wave and it reported 569 new infections that day.
Sadly, the number of 513 infections of new persons with covid, also matched up with the 548 new positives Westchester had December 14, 2001 when that fourth wave was just beginning. That is very ominous as we enter an “Anything Goes” behavior mode.
If the 569 infection level a day continues through Saturday, Westchester will hit 2,653 infections through Saturday well above the 2,649 experienced through April 30. However the pattern of these last five weeks indicates that Thursday, Friday and Saturday escalates infections. Last week we had 1,214 infections the last three days of last week If we hit that level or exceed it Westchester could conceivably hit 3,867 infections for this week.
All the counties in the Mid-Hudson Region are experiencing high daily growth rates. Covid is spreading strongly in Orange,. Rockland., Dutchess and Ulster County, averaging 291 new positives yesterday. The infection rates on the low number of tests done in Orange, Rockland, Dutchess and Ulster are an average 7-1/4 % positives of the low numbers of tests.
The Mid-Hudson Region WPCNR COVIDSTOPPERS NOTE BOOK shows the Mid-Hudson region of 1,252 infections over our 7 counties is dwarfed by Nassau County with 906 new positives Wednesday and Suffolk County new positives of 742 – 1,648 in a day, 400 more than the Mid-Hudson counties. Nassau & Suffolk have been the leaders in infections for months proportionately ahead of the 7 Mid-Hud counties.
New York City Wednesday reached 3,476 new positives across the 5 boroughs, when on Sunday NYC reported only 1,971. Wednesday was the second straight day that all 5 boroughs totaled 3,000 new positives. As of the end of testing Wednesday, NYC had 11,043 new cases. This week at 3,000 new infections the next three days, NYC can report as many as 20,000 new positives. The media, our political leaders, are whistling past the graveyard, crossing their fingers and betting your health.
The irresponsible mantra repeated by the media that covid is in retreat is simply not true. What data is there to prove that? It’s not there. This is the sixth consecutive week in Westchester where we are going to increase in infections.
It is not spreading less. It is spreading more. Who does not see that? The infections by my observations are infecting others more quickly, within 2 days!
The rush to public gatherings under the guise of getting “back to normal,” should be called “getting back to making money at the people’s peril.”
ON FENDING OFF INFLATION
THE NEW CAPITAL PLAN THAT SAVES OUR SCHOOLS
THE PROPOSITIONS ON THE BALLOT
COVID SITUATION IN THE SCHOOLS
IS THE DISTRICT GROWING OR NOT
HOW THE BUDGET PLANS FOR THE FUTURES OF WHITE PLAINS YOUNGEST
WPCNR STAGE DOOR. By John F. Bailey. May 5, 2022:
Bill Stutler’s Westchester Theatre is opening Million Dollar Quartet this week at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center on the Reader’s Digest former headquarters campus.
The ovations for the Gershwin Entertainment production preparing to take Tony Award winning and nominated Quartet have filled the classic CPAC. Following Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins of Quartet through May 22 is is the musical comedy, Menopause The Musical behind the footlights June 16 through 25.
They are the first two productions in the debut effort Mr. Stutler, former empressario for 46 years of the Westchester Broadway Theatre is undertaking to bring back Equity productions of outstanding Broadway classics, new Broadway hits and one-night superstands back to the discerning Westchester County theatre crowd
WPCNR caught up with Mr. Stutler by the virtual “Stage Door” of Zoom today to discuss this effort its promise of the future to be. Here is my interview with Bill,from this afternoon.