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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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September 19,1972

Posted 09-28-2017 at 07:57 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 10-20-2018 at 02:58 PM by TommyJohn

September 19,1972
vs. Oakland A's
at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

In the week ensuing the 9/11 win over the Royals, the Sox go 2-3 over the next 5, while Oakland catches fire and goes 5-0. Their lead widens to 5 games with 13 left to play for the Sox and 14 for the A's. Hopes for a Miracle on 35th St. were dimming as the White Sox journeyed out to Oakland to take on the A's in a two game set.

The A's may have been on the verge of a second division title, but the fans greeted them with yawns. Only 9,594 fans were in the Coliseum to see the game.

The Sox take the field knowing they need a sweep of the mini-series in order to have any hope of remaining alive in the AL West race.

They jump out to a quick 3-0 lead in the 1st on Blue Moon Odom, who had confidently bragged before the game that 2 runs would be all he'd need to whip the Sox. Three straight run-scoring singles by Mike Andrews, Ed Spiezio and Ed Herrmann put that boast to rest quickly. Herrmann then homers in the 4th to widen the gap to 4-0.

The A's aren't one of the best teams in baseball for nothing, however. They slap Tom Bradley for 3 in the 5th to make it a one run game.

The Sox make it two in the top of the 9th when Luis Alvarado hits a solo home run. Terry Forster is entrusted with the lead in the bottom of the 9th, but can't hold it. With two out and two on Joe Rudi singles in two runs to tie the game and force extra innings. Much like in August, the game goes on and on.

In the top of the 12th, the Sox load the bases with 1 out and Dick Allen coming to the plate. Joel Horlen comes on in relief and induces Allen to hit into a fielder's choice forceout at the plate. Carlos May pops out to end the inning.

The Sox finally break through in the top of the 13th when Alvarado drives two more across. But the A's strike right back in their half-Sal Bando opens the inning with a single, then Dave Duncan ties it with a home run.

In the top of the 15th rookie Jorge Orta once again breaks the tie with a home run to make it 8-7. But would you believe they aren't out of the woods yet?

In the bottom half the A's put two on with one out for the always dangerous Reggie Jackson. Rookie Rich Gossage shows iron nerves in inducing Jackson to fly out. Gossage then faces pinch-hitter Ken Holtzman and blows him away with a strikeout. After 15 innings and 4 hours, 51 minutes of back-and-forth, emotionally draining baseball, the Sox finally emerge 8-7 winners, putting them 4 games back with 12 left.

The A's get it back the next day, though, beating the Sox 6-3 as Wilbur Wood failed in his 3rd attempt to win his 25th game. This left them 5 back with 11 left and hopes of a division title growing fainter.

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