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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 7,1974

Posted 12-16-2017 at 03:41 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 07-05-2018 at 08:26 PM by TommyJohn

May 7,1974
vs. Detroit Tigers
at Tiger Stadium

Wilbur Wood continues to show that he is one of the best, most durable pitchers in the game this night, delivering another brilliant performance.

This was done through the "miracle" of videotape, as George Langford wrote in his game account. John Allyn started recording White Sox games for the players to study later. It was while watching one of his games from earlier in the year that Wood said he detected a flaw in his delivery. He corrected it just in time to face the Tigers.

The Detroits found themselves mystified by Wood's knuckleball, which was all over the place. Only Mickey Stanley was able to touch him for a hit in the bottom of the 4th.

There was only one problem, as there always seemed to be when a White Sox pitcher came through with a sparkling gem such as this. Wood's teammates couldn't get anything going against Tiger starter Lerrin LaGrow. Wood got through 9 innings with a 1-hit shutout and nothing to show for it.

Wood faltered a bit in the 10th, giving up two walks and a single to load up the bases with one out. Wood bore down, though, getting Jim Northrup to pop out and Aurelio Rodriguez to ground out to extinguish the threat.

Finally, his battery mate Ed Herrmann had a heart. He led off the top of the 11th by smacking a LaGrow offering into the left field stands, only the fifth hit the Tiger hurler had given up all evening.

That was all the offense Wood needed. He put the Tigers down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 11th to cap off the game. Woodie walked off the field the proud owner of a 2-hit, 11 inning shutout; his first blanking since May 28th of the previous year.

The game also gave the White Sox a 13-12 record, putting them only a game out of 1st place. After starting out 1-8, the Sox had gone 12-4 since and seemed to be asserting themselves as a team.

And how long do you think this epic, 11 inning pitchers' duel went? Two and a half hours? Three? Three and a half? The game was over in 2 hours, 11 minutes.

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