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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 25,1974

Posted 01-11-2018 at 09:09 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 07-05-2018 at 07:31 PM by TommyJohn

August 25,1974
vs. Cleveland Indians
at White Sox Park

Well, Chuck's loud dressing down of the team earlier in the month may have set a few players' ears to ringing, but it didn't translate on the field. They continued to slog along at .500, while up in the booth Harry Caray and his 1974 sidekick Rob Waller turned up the criticisms for what they deemed indifferent play.

The Sox went into this Sunday DH with the Indians at 61-63, and there really wasn't anything noteworthy about the games. Well, except for one thing that wasn't noted until years later.

Wilbur Wood took the mound for game 1 in search of his 19th win, which had eluded him in his previous four starts, the last of which had been a complete game loss on the 21st to the Red Sox at Fenway. Jim Kaat followed that game with a complete game against the Indians in which he allowed one run. Bart Johnson, continuing his 1974 renaissance, topped Kaat with a sparkling 5-hit complete game shutout that raised his record to 5-2. Wilbur was no doubt hoping that the momentum generated by those two would carry over to his game.

It started out that way. A single by Carlos May and a sacrifice fly by Ken Henderson gave the Sox a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st.

The Indians got one back on an RBI single by ex-White Sox Luis Alvarado in the 3rd, but May and Henderson struck again in the bottom half; this time it was May with the sac fly and Henderson with the RBI single. Bill Melton chipped in with an RBI double to give the Sox a 5-1 lead.

Oscar Gamble cut the lead to 5-2 by cracking a home run in the 4th, but the Sox added three more to make it 8-2 and give Wilbur some breathing room.

Wood began to struggle a bit in the 8th, giving up a home run to John Ellis to make it 8-3. Wood went into the 9th with that lead but gave up a single to Ellis and a double to Gamble to open the frame. One out later Dave Duncan drove Ellis home with a base hit. Rusty Torres grounded out, scoring Gamble from 3rd. Frank Duffy then grounded from Melton to Allen to end the game. The end was a bit shaky, but Wilbur walked off with a complete game for his 19th win of the season.

Game two starter Stan Bahnsen was knocked out of the box by a 4 run Cleveland 4th, but the Sox, already up 8-0 by that point, held on to win 8-5. Jorge Orta continued to swing hot, going 4-for-5, narrowly missing becoming only the 4th player in baseball history to have four 5 hit games in one season.

The real history, at least from a team standpoint, had been made at the end of game one. Wood's win gave the Sox their fourth complete game in a row. This marked the last time that they would have as many as four complete games in a row until the 2005 White Sox accomplished it in that year's American League Championship Series vs. the Angels.

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