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October 4,1972

Posted 10-01-2017 at 12:13 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:30 PM by TommyJohn

October 4,1972
vs. Minnesota Twins
at Metropolitan Stadium

On September 28, Sox fans' dream of seeing their team pull off a miracle division title officially died when the A's defeated the Twins 8-7 to clinch their second straight AL West title. If any Sox fans felt an urge to draw cartoons of sad faced, crying clowns as a way of letting the world know about the Very Special Pain they were going through, they apparently kept such urges to themselves, as no such cartoons appeared in the Tribune following the A's clincher.

The Sox that took the field for the final game of the season featured such B squad players as Tony Muser, Buddy Bradford, Jim Lyttle, Chuck Brinkman, Bee Bee Richard and Dick's older brother Hank Allen, who had been released by the Braves before the 1971 season and had not played all that year or the first 5 months of 1972. The Sox acquired him on waivers at the beginning of September for seemingly no reason. Tanner tapped rookie Rich Gossage, 7-0 in relief for the season, as his starter.

Gossage's fastball doesn't fool any Twins hitters. Gossage is slammed for 9 runs in 3 innings and is relieved in the 4th trailing 7-0 after failing to retire the first 4 batters. Reliever Dan Neumeier gave up two more runs charged to Gossage.

Rudy Hernandez drives in Buddy Bradford with a single and Jay Johnstone would hit his 4th home run of the season.

That would be all the runs the B team would muster, while the Twins continued to pour it on. At one point, with the score 11-1, Twins 3rd baseman Eric Soderholm socked an inside-the-park home run off Ken Frailing, the Sox' third pitcher of the day.

The game would end with the Twins on top 14-2. Still, there was little to be gloomy about. Tanner was practically bursting with pride as he lavished praise on how well the Sox played all through the season, singling out Allen and Wilbur Wood.

The Sox end the season at 87-67, 5 1/2 shy of the A's. One noteworthy thing about it-they finished with a better record than the AL East champion Tigers, who came in at 86-70, a mere half game in front of the 85-70 Red Sox.

Once again, the season ends on a high note. There is nowhere for these Sox to go but up.

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