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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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August 16,1974

Posted 01-09-2018 at 10:21 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 07-05-2018 at 08:31 PM by TommyJohn

August 16,1974
vs. New York Yankees
at Shea Stadium

Just when Sox fans thought the team was pulling it together, raising their mark to 49-45 before the All-Star break, the team went out and proved them wrong. They stumbled out of the gate at the start of the second half, going 1-6 in their first seven and were 3-9 after 12 games, the last of which was a 12-5 thrashing at the hands of the Rangers.

This last loss prompted Good Buddy Chuck to close the door to the clubhouse and do something that, according to Wilbur Wood, he hadn't done in two years-yell. Loud. Chuck addressed the team's attitude, lack of hustle and the curfew. Some Sox players were late night party animals and Chuck wanted to clamp down on such frivolities until the team demonstrated improvement in the first two areas. "I just hope it did some good" said Wood.

Well, it did for a day, because the Sox swept the Rangers in a doubleheader. After that, they settled back into the same see-saw pattern of win a few, lose a few to keep treading the .500 mark.

They were 59-58 and 9 games back when they went to New York to take on the Yankees. The Yankees were the same, however their home had changed temporarily. Yankee Stadium, "The House That Ruth Built" had closed its gates after the 1973 season so that much needed renovations could be effected. The Yankees for the next two years would be playing their home games in Shea Stadium, home of the National League Mets. The Bronx Bombers were now the Queens Bombers, which doesn't quite have the same ring.

The Sox took the field for the first game of a twi-night doubleheader without Dick Allen in the lineup. Allen had complained of being "dragged out" so Chuck penciled in Tony Muser at the last minute.

The first two innings were action-packed, with Jorge Orta belting a solo home run to give the Sox a quick 1-0 lead in the 1st. The Yankees quickly shot back with 3 in their half of the 1st off Stan Bahnsen. RBI singles from Bill Sharp and Orta in the 2nd tied it up, but the Yankees got them back in their half to take a 5-3 lead.

The Sox did not quit. Solo home runs from Ken Henderson and Orta (his second of the game) knotted it at 5. They tallied two in the 8th when, with runners on 2nd and 3rd, Tanner inserted Allen to pinch hit. Rookie Tippy Martinez balked the runners over a base. The second run came in after an intentional walk was issued to Allen and Carlos May struck out looking but Rick Dempsey was unable to hold on to the ball. However, Terry Forster gave them right back in the bottom of the 8th when he surrendered a two run double to Rick Dempsey.

The game stayed knotted until the 13th. Jorge Orta led off the inning having gone 5-for-6, his third 5 hit game of the season. His bid for six fell short when he grounded out off Sparky Lyle. Dick Allen then stepped in, facing the man against whom he had hit one of the most famous game-winning home runs in White Sox history, and arguably Allen's most famous Sox home run.

Dick did it again, launching a titanic drive that traveled 420 feet to dead center to break the tie. It was Allen's 32nd home run of the year, which was by far tops in the AL-Jeff Burroughs and Reggie Jackson were 2 and 3 with 23 and 22, respectively.

Unlike June of 1972, however, there was still the last half of the 13th to be played, unfortunately. Forster got two quick outs, then gave up a single to Bobby Murcer. Thurman Munson, who had entered the game in the 9th as the designated hitter, then took Forster deep for a two-run home run. One out away from victory, the Sox walked off 9-8 losers.

They managed to win the second game 4-2 to salvage a split and end the night exactly where they had started it-one game over .500.

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