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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 24,1975

Posted 02-02-2018 at 05:42 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-12-2018 at 07:31 AM by TommyJohn

April 24,1975
vs. Minnesota Twins
at Metropolitan Stadium

The White Sox quickly started to live down to most people's expectations, stumbling out of the gate and unable to find the .500 mark. After 12 games they were 3-9 heading to Minnesota to meet the Twins. Before going there Terry Forster confidently predicted (for some reason) that the Sox would win 14 of the next 15 games. Maybe he saw something others didn't. The Sox did win a game after his prediction and were 4-9 going into the game on the 24th.

Wilbur Wood took the mound this night standing at 0-4 with a 4.82 ERA. He kept the Twins scoreless until the 5th, when Luis Gomez knocked in Craig Kusick with a single. They padded the lead with runs in the 7th and 8th.

The Sox went into the top of the 9th trailing 3-0 and looked about to drop to 4-10 and Wood about to go to 0-5. Carlos May led off the inning by smacking a solo home run into the right field stands to wreck Twins starter Bert Blyleven's bid for a shutout.

Ken Henderson then came up and hit a triple into right field. Bee Bee Richard, who had entered the game in the 7th as a pinch-runner and stayed in the game, drove him in with a single.

That was it for Blyleven, who was pulled in favor of Tom Burgmeier. Tanner countered by yanking scheduled hitter Tony Muser in favor of Deron Johnson, who cracked a Burgmeier pitch for a home run to give the White Sox a 4-3 lead.

Terry Forster, he of the bold prediction, relieved Wood for the bottom of the 9th. He gave up a one out single, then retired the next two batters to nail down Wilbur's first win of 1975.

Chuck, ever the optimist, described the win as "the most soul-satisfying one I can remember."

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