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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 26,1973

Posted 11-19-2017 at 11:45 PM by TommyJohn

August 26,1973
vs. Detroit Tigers
at White Sox Park

In mid-August, around the time the Sox were sinking further down in the standings, the Minnesota Twins surprised the baseball world by asking waivers on their veteran pitcher Jim Kaat.

Kaat had been with the Twins since 1959, when they were the Washington Senators (he had made his big league debut against the Go-Go Sox that year) and along with Harmon Killebrew was the last of the original Senators still with the team in 1973. He had been a fastball pitcher until injuring his arm in his final start of 1967 (against the Red Sox in Fenway Park during the final series of the season). His arm was pronounced dead, so Kaat altered his style to compensate-he developed a no-windup "quick pitch" delivery designed to throw off batters' timing. Many a frustrated hitter took issue with it, but it wasn't illegal, so Kaat was free to keep doing it. He departed Minnesota with a career mark of 190-159 and an ERA of 3.34.

Roland Hemond expressed surprise that the Sox were able to land him for the waiver price of $20,000. The Royals and Yankees had also put in claims for him, but the Sox were behind both teams record-wise, so they were the ones to get him.

Kaat, for his part, was ecstatic to be coming to Chicago, as it reunited him with his favorite pitching coach Johnny Sain, who had been with the Twins until after the 1966 season, when he was fired, much to Kaat's dismay.

Kaat made his Sox debut in the first game of a Sunday doubleheader vs. the Tigers on the 26th. The Sox were at 59-69 and had just announced that Dick Allen was out for the season, so the atmosphere at the ballpark was rather somber.

The Sox wasted no time giving him run support, with Jerry Hairston and Carlos May cracking run scoring doubles in the 1st inning. May added to the lead by blasting solo home runs in the 4th and 8th.

Kaat coasted through the game, allowing only three hits, one a solo home run by Frank Howard in the 8th. Kaat's quick pitch style got the game over with in a lightning-quick 1 hour, 58 minutes. They also went out and won the second game from the slumping Tigers.

Chuck Tanner was smiling after the games. "That's the happiest I've been in a long, long time" the Chuckster beamed, and also added "It gave me that good feeling that we're getting better, making progress and we're back on track."

Not so impressed was the Wise Man of the Microphone, Harry Caray. At one point in reference to Kaat Harry would yell into his mic "you know, when your fastball is the same speed as your curveball, maybe it's time to retire."

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