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July 9,1973

Posted 11-05-2017 at 09:28 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:40 PM by TommyJohn

July 9,1973
vs. New York Yankees
at White Sox Park

The 1973 Sox were still able to provide some thrills and chills, despite most of their team being hobbled with injuries.

Ken Henderson returned to the now Allen-less lineup on July 1. With his knee still paining him Ken returned as a designated hitter.

Wilbur Wood took the mound for the Sox this night in a tailspin of his own. At the end of May he was 13-3 and considered a mortal lock to win 30 games. He had even been a Sports Illustrated cover boy, the 3rd time a White Sox player appeared on the cover of the national magazine in a year (Allen and Melton were the others) which has to be some sort of record. Since his hot start, however, he went into a funk, going 2-9 to drop his record to 15-12. Forget 30, would he even get to 20?

The Yankees rapped him for 3 runs in the top of the 2nd when Thurman Munson tripled with two runners on base, then scored on a Felipe Alou single.

That's how it stayed for the next few frames, as the Sox were stifled by rookie George "Doc" Medich, a pitcher who earned his nickname by being a pre-med student in the offseason. The Sox bats throughout the game were in dire need of resuscitating, but Doc kept them flatlining.

That is, until the 8th inning. Jorge Orta singled, then sped home on a Pat Kelly double. That brought Doc some emergency relief in the form of Sparky Lyle, who gave up a Carlos May single that scored Kelly. Melton and Henderson grounded out to end the rally.

The Sox started the 9th with singles from Luis Alvarado and Buddy Bradford, which put Alvarado on 3rd. Orta hit a shot to Horace Clarke at 2nd. Clarke hesitated, unable to get a grip on the ball, then threw home too late to get Luis. The game was tied.

Pat Kelly, who had started the 8th inning rally, came up with one out and smacked a 1-2 pitch for a basehit that scored Orta and gave the Sox a come-from-behind 4-3 win.

The victory put the Sox at 44-40. They had dropped to 4th place, but were still only 3 games back. There was hope, even with all the injuries plaguing the team, that they could remain in striking distance and maybe put a run together once Allen was back in the lineup.

On the home front, the day after this win, the Sox released Mike Andrews at his own request. The 2nd baseman, who had come over to Chicago in the Luis Aparicio trade, had done well in 1971, but had developed throwing yips at his position and was made the team designated hitter in 1973. He also lost that job when his average fell below .200. Andrews would go on to the Oakland A's and World Series infamy that October.

Andrews' release made Stu Holcomb a less-than-stellar 1-for-5 in negotiations with holdouts. The only signee had been Stan Bahnsen, and only after Hemond and Tanner went above Holcomb to John Allyn in order to get Bahsen the salary that he wanted. Tension between the Sunshine Boys and their boss were about to boil over.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/b...97307090.shtml
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