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In honor of actor Andy Garcia and his (unintentionally) hilarious reaction to Sofia (Mary Corleone) Coppola's death scene in "The Godfather, Part III."
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1964 White Sox vs. 1969 Cubs...the conclusion

Posted 11-24-2009 at 10:24 PM by TommyJohn

And so it came down to...Game 7. For all, do you hear me ALL of the marbles...the 1969 Chicago Cubs versus the 1964 Chicago White Sox. Two teams, one city. Both coming close to the Promised Land of the pennant. Both falling just short. BOTH locked in mortal, blood combat-Gladiators in the arena, Soldiers on the battlefield, Bareknuckled brawlers in the ring, Gangs on a rumble, the Jets and Sharks in a sissy-slap fight...
Two teams-one memorialized in songs, plays, poems, books, rhapsodies, soliloquies; not to mention the homoerotic fantasies of an idiot sportstalk host; the other forgotten, sneered at, looked down on, laughed at, jeered at, mocked, scorned, relegated to the ash heap of history by a city that reveres its losers-as long as they play on the North Side of town or on the lakefront. Who would take all the marbles, the brass ring, the championship, the title of-The Biggest Loser in Chicago Baseball History?

Games 1 and 2 at Comiskey Park were all White Sox-the Cubs jumped to early leads in both but were unable to hold them. A 3-0 Cub lead in Game 1 evaporated in a 7-run onslaught by the White Sox against Fergie Jenkins. The Sox took that one 10-3 and the next one 4-2. They went into Wrigley holding a 2 games to 0 lead and one Sox fan summed up the feelings of many: "We're gonna sweep the *******! YEEEEAAHHHHHHHH!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!"
Nervous members of the Chicago media immediately wrote off the series-the superior Cubs just weren't at their best, and besides, it didn't count and the Cubbies were the greatest anyway, so what did it matter? One columnist even wrote that the White Sox wins were all part of an evil conspiracy just to bug him personally. He called for Arthur Allyn, Al Lopez and Ed Short to leave town now. If they didn't, he would succeed in driving them out if it took him forever and ever. And ever.

The series shifted to Wrigley, where the Cubs grabbed advantage. They won the next 3 games by scores of 4-1, 3-2 and 3-1. Game 5 saw Jenkins atone for his lousy Game 1 performance by holding the Sox to 1 run on six hits.

The scene shifted back to Comiskey with Cub fans screaming and nervous Sox fans biting their nails when they weren't screaming obscenities at Al Lopez and every other person they deemed responsible for the 3-2 deficit. What resulted was the most thrilling game of the series, which had fans of bothe sides hanging on every pitch.

The Cubs again jumped out to a lead, this one 2-0 in the top of the 5th. The Sox proceeded to erase it in the bottom half, with Moose Skowron cracking the the game-tying hit.

The Sox blew a scroing opportunity in the 7th. The had two on with no out, but could not score.

In the bottom of the 9th, Jim Landis and Don Buford hit singles against reliever Jenkins. (Leo Durocher was going for all the marbles.) Floyd Robinson was intentionally passed for Pete Ward, the hitting hero of the first two games. Ward flied out to shallow left, Landis holding. Bill Skowron then stepped up and hit a wicked line shot seemingly destined for game-winning glory-except that Don Kessinger leaped, speared the shot and raced to second to double off Buford and end the inning.

In the 11th it was the Cubs' turn. Santo, Banks and Hickman all got on with no one out against Wilhelm. The ace knuckled down, however, fanning Hundley, inducing Don Young to pop out to Skowron, and pinchhitter Oscar Gamble to fly out to left to snuff the threat.

The bottom half saw the first two batters go down meekly, but Buford singled to keep the inning going, and Robinson walked. Sox fans were roaring as Pete Ward stepped in against Ted Abernathy. Ward kept his bid for series MVP alive, lashing a double that scored Buford with the winning run. The Sox celebrated, the fans roared, the Cubs slowly trudged off the field as their fans sulked, and the Chicago media pounded away that the series was a waste of time, money, effort, sense, and life.
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