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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 30,1973

Posted 12-03-2017 at 06:16 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:44 PM by TommyJohn

September 30,1973
vs. Oakland A's
at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

So much for respectability.

The Sox had fought their way back to .500 and stood at 72-71 and in 3rd place on September 10 when they commenced another swoon, going 4-15 over their next 19 games. Included in this streak were the 20th losses of both Stan Bahnsen and Wilbur Wood. To make matters worse, the Sox also had a front row seat to watch the A's clinch the AL West title in Sox Park.

And so it came down to this-the final game of the season. They would close out the lost campaign against the very same team against which they had opened it-the Oakland A's, defending World Series champions and AL West titlists 3 years' running.

Steve Stone took the mound and delivered by far one of the best performances since coming to the south side from San Francisco. Stone pitched a two-hit shutout over 9 innings while striking out 12 batters. Three Oakland pitchers-Catfish Hunter, Paul Lindblad and Blue Moon Odom-were just as good, however, and the teams went into the 10th inning locked 0-0.

Carlos May and Bill Sharp opened the top of the 10th with singles off Darold Knowles, the fourth A's pitcher of the afternoon. Ed Herrmann bunted them over to 2nd and 3rd, so Knowles intentionally walked Brian Downing to get to Bucky Dent. Buck made 'em pay by drawing an unintentional walk to score May.

Stone carried the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 10th, but would fall short in his bid for the complete game shutout. A single, a stolen base and walk on the first two batters convinced Chuck to come get Stone, who was relieved by Cy Acosta. Little Cy put a capper on a fine individual season by retiring the next three batters. Ray Fosse brought the season to a close by grounding to Luis Alvarado at 3rd. Luis whipped it to Jorge Orta for the force out at 2nd to end it.

The A's trotted off the field glowing with that warm championship feeling. In a few days they would be off to Baltimore to meet the Orioles and begin defending their World Series title. The White Sox went home for the winter to think about what might have been.

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