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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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May 9,1975

Posted 02-04-2018 at 04:25 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-12-2018 at 08:31 AM by TommyJohn

May 9,1975
vs. Cleveland Indians
at Municipal Stadium

It had been a year and a half since the White Sox had picked up Jim Kaat on waivers. He had made Roland Hemond look like a genius, going 4-1 over the rest of the 1973 season. The next year he went 21-13, including a 7-0 run at the end of the season.

Kaat continued his streak going into 1975, going 4-0 to tie John Rigney and Gary Peters for longest winning streak in club history. He wasn't quite as stingy as he had been at the end of 1974, when he allowed only two earned runs in 60 2/3 innings. In fact, in one game against the Royals he had allowed six earned runs but managed to escape with the win. Still, a streak was a streak and he went into Cleveland this night on the cusp of a franchise record.

Kaat gave up six hits through the game, but Cleveland was unable to take advantage and get runs. Meanwhile, his mound opponent Gaylord Perry held the Sox spellbound, allowing only two harmless hits through seven innings.

A breakthrough finally happened in the 8th, when Tony Muser opened the top frame with a single. Bucky Dent sacrificed him to 2nd and he moved to 3rd on a sacrifice fly by Brian Downing.

Pat Kelly stepped up to the plate and proceeded to drive a Perry offering to deep right centerfield. The ball landed in the stands for his first home run of the season.

Kelly, never known for his power, later explained that he "bore down" against the good pitchers. Indeed he did. He had hit all of four home runs in 1974, but three of them came off of future Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (1) and Ferguson Jenkins (2). His blast off Perry added to his collection of future Hall of Fame homer victims.

Kaat held off the Indians in the 8th and went out for the 9th to try for the complete game. He lasted only 1 batter, giving up a double to Rico Carty. Rich Gossage came on and retired John Ellis. Terry Forster then came on and struck out Boog Powell and induced Buddy Bell to ground out to end the game and get Kaat his team record 12th straight win.

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