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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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Posted 05-21-2017 at 09:18 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-05-2018 at 07:30 AM by TommyJohn

February 13, 1970

Every once in a while some hyperventilating sportswriter or sportscaster will overreach for words to describe a bad moment in a game or a season as a "tragedy." It can be annoying, as most sports fans, no matter how passionate, know that a crucial error, a dropped pass, deflected foul ball or close loss hardly qualifies as a "tragedy." On this date, however, tragedy did strike the world of baseball and the White Sox.

White Sox pitcher Paul Edmondson was driving south on the Pacific Coast Highway with a woman, returning from a trip to San Luis Obispo. The car suddenly skidded on the rain-soaked highway and crossed into the northbound lane. It sideswiped another car, spun off the road, flipped over and burst into flames. Edmondson and his companion burned to death. He was gone the day after his 27th birthday.

Edmondson had made his big league debut with the Sox in June of 1969 after working for five years in the minors and compiling a record of 27-32. He pitched a complete game two-hitter in his debut to garner what would turn out to be his only big league win. He would go 1-6 with a 3.70 ERA. However, he was impressive enough during the season that he had earned a spot in the rotation for 1970.

It was one thing to see Carlos May lose his thumb and have his career in doubt. After all, he still had a chance of making it back. Paul Edmondson, though, was gone-victim in a senseless, random, horrific event.

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