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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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April 25 & 26,1972

Posted 08-26-2017 at 02:02 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:00 PM by TommyJohn

April 25 & 26, 1972
vs. Cleveland Indians
at White Sox Park

Two of the biggest White Sox names shined on back-to-back days vs. the Indians.

The first was Wilbur Wood. Chuck Tanner lacked an effective 4th starter going into the season. So he and Johnny Sain went with a decidedly insane three man rotation of Wood, Tom Bradley and Stan Bahnsen. Workhorse Wilbur and the other two would be pitching on two days' rest, occasionally spelled by Dave Lemonds, a newcomer whose only other major league experience had been a cup of coffee with the storied 1969 Cubs. If John Holland had no use for him, then maybe Lemonds offered something of value.

The Sox went into the April 25 game with a record of 5-3 and in first place in the AL West. A crowd of 8,942 came out on a 40 degree night to see the game. It was, of course, too early in the season to get too excited about the 1st place team. That didn't stop Tribune beat writer Paul Sullivan from hysterically shrieking "Your *ugh* *pee-yew* *gag* *hurl* team is in first place!!!! Where are all you people? What the hell is wrong with you peasants??? If this were Wrigley Field, they would have to open the upper deck for this one!! Why do you have to breathe the same air as me???"

Whoa. Dang. OK. I just jumped two decades ahead of myself. Sully wasn't around and the Trib had writers that understood that cold temperatures might hold down a ballpark crowd.

Wood, making his 4th start in 11 days, threw his third consecutive shutout. The only run he had allowed up to this point was the 9th inning home run on Opening Night in KC. He walked 3 and struck out 6 en route to the win. He got run support from Melton, May and Mike Andrews. Rookie Jorge Orta also kicked in with a two run triple as the Sox took it 6-0.


The next day was Dick Allen's turn. The new Sox 1st baseman provided the first of what would by many heroic moments during the season.

The Indians jumped out to a 4-0 lead in this Wednesday matinee, but Mike Andrews would tie it in the 7th with a grand slam. The Sox would take the lead in the 8th, but Terry Forster and Bart Johnson would combine to allow the Indians to tie it in the top of the 9th.

This set the stage for Allen. In the bottom of the 10th with one out and one on, Allen came up and smashed a pitch from Steve Mingori into the left field upper deck for a game-winning home run. The 7-5 win is the Sox' 7th in a row after starting the season 0-3.

The next day John Husar of the Tribune wrote of Sox fans' growing sense of excitement over Allen's arrival on the south side.

"[He] is already drawing hushed comparisons to Minnie Minoso-perhaps the greatest drawing card on the south side in 30 years."

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