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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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"Super Sox" vs. 1964 Baltimore Orioles

Posted 05-05-2011 at 10:47 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 05-10-2011 at 09:09 PM by TommyJohn

Thomas homer puts big hurt on Kitten; Super Sox blast 1964 Orioles

White Sox 5, Orioles 4


Luis Aparicio came to the plate in the top of the 1st to a thunderous ovation from fans who loved his 5-for-6, 3 RBI performance in the Sox' previous game vs. the Browns. There was only one problem-Luis was playing for the visiting 1964 Baltimore Orioles, for whom he was also the star shortstop and base stealer. His Super Sox teammates kidded him about playing for the O's, and were especially merciless after that particular at-bat, in which he grounded into a double play.

The Sox scored once in the second and starter Juan Pizarro held down the fort until the 7th, when he gave up 4 runs, the big blow a two run double by O's RF Sam Bowens.

The Sox got two back the very next inning when Pete Ward pinch-hit for Pizarro with a man on and took Oriole starter Robin Roberts deep for a two-run homer that shook the old park to the rafters.

The crowd was even louder in the 8th when Robin Ventura stroked a long double into the gap, then dashed home on Carlos May's second RBI single of the game.

The Orioles were unable to score in the 9th, setting the stage for the dramatic bottom half. Harvey "Mr. Almost-Perfect" Haddix took the mound for this frame after Roberts was pinched in favor of Earl Robinson in the top half.

Haddix got two easy outs before Frank Thomas stepped to the plate. The Big Hurt had two walk and two fly outs, but he took the Kitten's first pitch and crushed a no-doubter to deep left field. The crowd's roar shook the park and they kept cheering and refused to stop until Thomas tipped his cap.
The homer made a winner of Hoyt Wilhelm, who had come out for the 9th in relief of Don Mossi, who in turn had pitched the 8th in relief of Pizzaro.

Tomorrow it is Don Buford's turn to switch sides as the Super Sox take on the 1969 Orioles, forever immortalized as the team that lost the World Series to the "Miracle Mets."

Lineups

1964 Baltimore Orioles

CF Jackie Brandt
SS Luis Aparicio
LF Boog Powell
1B Norm Siebern
3B Brooks Robinson
RF Sam Bowens
2B Jerry Adair
C Charley Lau
P Robin Roberts
Subs: Oscar Johnson, 2B; Earl Robinson, PH; Harvey Haddix P

White Sox

CF Floyd Robinson
2B Don Buford
1B Frank Thomas
LF Albert Belle
3B Robin Ventura
RF Carlos May
C Ed Herrmann
P Juan Pizzaro
Subs: Pete Ward, PH; Mike Kreevich, PR; Walt Williams, PH; Don Mossi, P; Hoyt Wilhelm, P

Orioles.........000 000 400-4 9 0
White Sox.....010 000 211-5 8 0

2B-Bowens, Appling, Robinson 2, Ventura
HR-Ward, Thomas

WP-Roberts

W-Wilhelm L-Haddix

Player of the Game-Frank Thomas
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