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Lip Man 1
06-03-2006, 07:53 PM
This Date In Sox History

June 4, 1972- It is forever known as the ‘Taco Game."

In the second game of a double header with the Yankees, Sox manager Chuck Tanner calls for Dick Allen to pinch hit with two men on and the Sox losing 4-2 in the last of the 9th inning. One problem....he can’t be found! Eventually one of the clubhouse boys finds Dick at a taco stand across the street. They rush back to the park with Allen wolfing down his ‘snack.’ On the third pitch from Sparky Lyle, Allen deposits the ball into the left field lower deck for the 5-4 win. I was sitting in the right field lower deck for this one and the crowd almost tore Comiskey Park down. (This story was confirmed for me when I spoke with Ed Herrmann for his interview with White Sox Interactive.com and Bill Melton has talked about this at Sox Fantasy Camp.)

Lip

MrRoboto83
06-03-2006, 10:32 PM
This Date In Sox History

June 4, 1972- It is forever known as the ‘Taco Game."

In the second game of a double header with the Yankees, Sox manager Chuck Tanner calls for Dick Allen to pinch hit with two men on and the Sox losing 4-2 in the last of the 9th inning. One problem....he can’t be found! Eventually one of the clubhouse boys finds Dick at a taco stand across the street. They rush back to the park with Allen wolfing down his ‘snack.’ On the third pitch from Sparky Lyle, Allen deposits the ball into the left field lower deck for the 5-4 win. I was sitting in the right field lower deck for this one and the crowd almost tore Comiskey Park down. (This story was confirmed for me when I spoke with Ed Herrmann for his interview with White Sox Interactive.com and Bill Melton has talked about this at Sox Fantasy Camp.)

Lip

That is an awesome story. Wonder if things like this ever happen in the game today?

SOXSINCE'70
06-03-2006, 10:40 PM
It was 8 days before my 10th birthday.I saw the game on
Channel 44 (no cable back then.Just 2 lousy UHF stations,WFLD channel 32,the Sox' former home and WSNS-TV,channel 44).Dick Allen made me believe the Sox always had a chance to pull out a win.
Then Bill Melton got hurt in July and the A's pulled away.:(:

PKalltheway
06-03-2006, 11:10 PM
This Date In Sox History

June 4, 1972- It is forever known as the ‘Taco Game."

In the second game of a double header with the Yankees, Sox manager Chuck Tanner calls for Dick Allen to pinch hit with two men on and the Sox losing 4-2 in the last of the 9th inning. One problem....he can’t be found! Eventually one of the clubhouse boys finds Dick at a taco stand across the street. They rush back to the park with Allen wolfing down his ‘snack.’ On the third pitch from Sparky Lyle, Allen deposits the ball into the left field lower deck for the 5-4 win. I was sitting in the right field lower deck for this one and the crowd almost tore Comiskey Park down. (This story was confirmed for me when I spoke with Ed Herrmann for his interview with White Sox Interactive.com and Bill Melton has talked about this at Sox Fantasy Camp.)

Lip
Wow, cool story Lip!:cool: :cool:

viagracat
06-03-2006, 11:50 PM
Once again Lip comes through! :smile:

Is there any truth to the rumor that Babe Ruth used to pound down a few between innings at McCuddy's when he was in town?

DickAllen72
06-03-2006, 11:59 PM
I graduated from 8th grade that day and caught that game on TV.

Wasn't there something like 50,000 people there that day???

I loved that '72 Sox season. I went to 37 games that year---the same number of homers Allen hit.

DickAllen72
06-04-2006, 12:02 AM
Dick Allen made me believe the Sox always had a chance to pull out a win.
Then Bill Melton got hurt in July and the A's pulled away.:(:

Herniated disc. Then the Sox got Ed Speizio to fill in. He did a decent job there, but of course he was no Beltin' Bill.

Had Melton not been injured, I believe the Sox would have taken that division that year. :gulp:

Ah, memories...:smile:

gobears1987
06-04-2006, 12:24 AM
I love the "this date in Sox history" threads. All of them are great stories. Keep em up Lip.

TDog
06-04-2006, 05:35 AM
In 1972, I had Sunday seats behind the Sox on-deck circle, first row above the walk, with a friend. I was out of town that Sunday, but my friend went to the game and told me the park was emptying. The problem with those seats the way the park was configured then was that you couldn't see the game when there was a steady stream of people leaving. Later in the season he would remind me "this is what the park looked like" when Allen homered that Sunday.

wassagstdu
06-04-2006, 08:42 AM
Allen should have been fined. How did that kind of crap affect the rest of the "team?"

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voodoochile
06-04-2006, 10:45 AM
Allen should have been fined. How did that kind of crap affect the rest of the "team?"

.

Smacking a three-run jack to win the game in the bottom of the ninth?

I wasn't there, but I imagine it was a positive one...:cool:

NoNeckEra
06-04-2006, 11:13 AM
Allen should have been fined. How did that kind of crap affect the rest of the "team?"

.Chuck Tanner had a separate set of rules for Allen, and the rest of the team understood. He was definitely a different breed. He was an aloof(but not egotistical) Superman.

Lip Man 1
06-04-2006, 01:14 PM
This and that:

Glad you enjoy the TDISH. Chris Rongey the new Sox pre and post game host contacted me and asked for any historical info I could pass along to him for his shows, so when I do them for him, I always post here at WSI.

Regarding the Melton injury...that entire story is another TDISH ironically later this month. You'll never believe HOW he got the injured back in the first place and when it happened!

Viagra:

Supposedly Ruth would walk over to McCuddy's in uniform for a hot dog and a beer between games of a DH. I have on video a report on the last days of the original Comiskey Park from ESPN in September 1990. Andrea Kramer talks about it.

Dick:

The attendence that day was: 51,904.

By the way Chuck Tanner specifically talks about Allen and this game (among other things) in his WSI Interview: http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/rwas/index.php?category=11&id=3056

Finally if you want to hear the audio of Allen's blast go to this story and simply click on the link from June 4, 1972:

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/rwas/index.php?category=14&id=2361

Lip

The_Floridian
06-04-2006, 01:27 PM
There's one thing I recall from this story that didn't get mentioned. The guy on first (not sure who it was) had been Sparky Lyle's old roommate, and when Dick Allen came in to hit, he yelled out, "Hey Sparky! You're in deep **** now!"

Good assessment of the situation, I think.

Ol' No. 2
06-04-2006, 01:28 PM
Regarding the Melton injury...that entire story is another TDISH ironically later this month. You'll never believe HOW he got the injured back in the first place and when it happened!*raises hand* Ooo! Ooo!! I know.

Lifting an air conditioner in the off season.

What do I win?

Lip Man 1
06-04-2006, 01:33 PM
No.2:

WRONG....thanks for playing. Tell him what's he's won Johnny!

Floridian:

Read Chuck Tanner's interview, and for that matter read the WSI Interview with Mike Andrews. He's the guy who was standing on first base!

Lip

The_Floridian
06-04-2006, 01:39 PM
Didn't Melton fall off his roof?

(Mike Andrews on first base...thanks Lip)

Lip Man 1
06-04-2006, 01:44 PM
Floridian:

CORRECT....partially.

Now WHY was he on his roof?

Lip

TommyJohn
06-04-2006, 01:45 PM
His son was up on the roof.

How the heck did he get up there? That's an unsolved mystery worthy
of Robert Stack.

miker
06-05-2006, 10:56 AM
The attendence that day was: 51,904.
Wait, everyone tells me that nobody ever went to Sox games...

Chez
06-05-2006, 12:25 PM
That game is one of my favorite memories of all time. Dick Allen was the baddest. Anyone remember the Dick Allen Show?

Lip Man 1
06-05-2006, 01:02 PM
Miker:

The Sox drew well during most of the 70's...the issue really started becomming a problem in the mid to late 60's, took a hiatus and then returned by the mid 80's for a number of reasons.

Chez:

It was on Sunday nights...remember Dick and Chuck Tanner 'switchin' on!' for Chevy?

Lip

Chez
06-05-2006, 01:35 PM
Miker:



Chez:

It was on Sunday nights...remember Dick and Chuck Tanner 'switchin' on!' for Chevy?

Lip

Absolutely. I seem to recall that Dick's brother, Hank (who couldn't play a lick), was a frequent guest.