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New urgency for MLB pitchers' headgear spurred by McCarthy incident last year

Updated: February 17, 2013, 10:37 AM ET
By William Weinbaum | ESPN.com

The most famous case occurred in 1957, when pitching prodigy Herb Score of the Cleveland Indians took a shot off the bat of the New York Yankees' Gil McDougald to his right eye. His blurred vision would eventually improve, but Score's budding career was effectively derailed.

Boston's Bryce Florie suffered similarly in 2000, also the result of a ball off of a Yankee's bat, when Ryan Thompson's line drive struck Florie in the right eye.

Both were bloody episodes with irreversible ...

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