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Games and Moments May 21,1972

Posted 08-28-2017 at 09:55 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 11-19-2017 at 10:57 PM by TommyJohn

Games and Moments

May 21,1972
vs. California Angels
at White Sox Park

The improved White Sox continue to win and win some more. They conclude the month of April with an 8-5 record, the same one they had when they occupied 1st place for a brief spell in 1969; a short oasis in a long, agonizing three year desert of suck.

These Sox don't fall down, however. They play especially well at home, losing only two games at Sox Park up to this point. On the road is another matter, as they have only 2 wins in 11 games.

Attendance is also way up. Five figure crowds, a rarity from 1968-70, are filing through the former south side ghost yard, with a peak thus far of 34,668 coming out for a May 12 Sox-Orioles clash.

Stan Bahnsen pitched a terrific game on the 20th, allowing only two measly singles, both by Ken McMullen, as the Sox easily handled the Angels 8-0.

The game played on the 21st saw another player join the ranks of emerging 1972 south side heroes.

The White Sox jump out to a 5-0 lead with the big blow coming off the big bat of Dick Allen, who crushed a gargantuan 3 run bomb in the 2nd off Rudy May that barely missed the centerfield bleachers, hitting the bleacher wall 440 feet from home plate.

Starter Tom Bradley wasn't able to hold off the Angels, though. They rallied to take a 5-4 lead, and Bradley was relieved by 20 year old rookie Rich Gossage, making only his 6th appearance in the major leagues.

The Sox took a 6-5 lead, but saw it fade in the late innings on home runs by Vada Pinson and former Sox catcher Art Kusyner (the first of only two he would hit in his brief career).

The Angels led 8-6 going into the bottom of the 9th. Mike Andrews singled to start off the inning to bring up Dick Allen. The crowd buzzed in anticipation of more homer heroics, but Allen flew out. Bill Melton singled to put two on and Ed Herrmann flew out.

Two on, two out, Sox down to their last out. Two years ago, a tiny crowd would have cheered and hoped against hope that their hapless heroes could somehow pull it out and avoid the cellar for one more day.

Carlos May stepped up to the plate against Alan Foster. May looked at ball one before ripping a low liner toward right field. May hesitated at first base, thinking the ball would tail foul. It didn't, landing 8 rows up and two feet fair. Harry Caray screamed his head off in the radio booth as May completed his home run trot.

The 9-8 win upped the Sox' record to 18-10 and vaulted them into 1st place for the first time this late in a season since 1967.

Chuck Tanner cautioned his players that it was a long season and there was still plenty of games left. Still, the players were having a blast.

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