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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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June 22,1975

Posted 02-11-2018 at 09:55 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-12-2018 at 08:35 AM by TommyJohn

June 22,1975
vs. Minnesota Twins
at White Sox Park

The Sox were lagging nine games under .500 and sale rumors were starting to burn when Roland Hemond pulled off two deals at the trading deadline of June 15.

The first one was done to cut down John Allyn's large payroll. Stan Bahnsen aka "Stanley Struggle" was traded to the Oakland A's, who were in 1st place and looking to shore up their pitching in anticipation of another division title. In exchange Charlie Finley sent the Sox one of his hottest prospects-minor league 3rd baseman Chester Lemon, the A's Number 1 draft pick in 1972; and pitcher Dave Hamilton.

Stan was gone after 4 1/2 years on the south side. As his nickname might suggest, Stan never seemed to get much respect. Even his very first major league manager Ralph Houk dissed him. He departed with a Sox record of 55-58 and a 4.08 ERA. He is probably best remembered for his 12-hit shutout vs. the A's, his near no-hitter against Cleveland and his salary holdout.

The second deal saw Tony Muser, the unhappy 1st baseman, sent to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Jesse Jefferson. The hurler came to Chicago with a career record of 7-7 and a 4.13 ERA.

New arrival Jefferson impressed in his very first start for the Sox, which came in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader.

The first game saw the Sox win in dramatic, 10th inning fashion. They had led 5-4 going into the top of the 9th, but Rich Gossage, still blowing the ball by batters, had a rare bad outing and blew the lead. He was relieved by Dan "Ozzie" Osborn (yes, that was his nickname).

Ozzie kept the Twins in check for the next two innings. In the bottom of the 10th with two outs Bucky Dent singled and was pinched in favor of Bee Bee Richard. Brian Downing walked and another newcomer, Bob Coluccio (who had come from the Brewers on May 8 for Bill Sharp) rapped a single. Speedy Bee Bee blazed around the bases to score the winning run, giving Ozzie his first major league victory.

Jesse took the mound in game two and held the Twins hitless for five innings. Meanwhile, the Sox pounded out an 8-0 lead. Deron Johnson and Buddy Bradford led the assault by cracking a two run home run apiece, both in the 3rd inning.

Jesse's mastery of the Twins ended in the 6th when Eric Soderholm touched him for a single. Jess left the game moments later because his wrist had swollen up, the result of being hit by a line shot.

Veteran Cecil Upshaw, who had also pitched in the first game, came on in relief and picked up where Jesse left off, keeping the Twins' potent offense bottled up. He made one mistake that Johnny Briggs smacked for a solo home run.

Upshaw put down the Twins in the 9th to seal a 9-2 win (Jefferson had given up the first run on a groundout and error in the 6th). The twin wins gave the Sox a record of 28-38.

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