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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 6,1973

Posted 10-21-2017 at 05:17 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 10:34 PM by TommyJohn

May 6,1973
vs. New York Yankees
at White Sox Park

The White Sox continue to play hot. The day after the 6-5 win over Baltimore, Wilbur Wood trots out and throws a shutout-his third in a row. The pitching staff is inspired, as Stan Bahnsen and veteran Eddie Fisher both throw zeroes at the Yankees with relief help from Terry Forster.

The Sox take the field on Sunday afternoon vs. the Yankees having won 8 straight games. Wood goes out in a bid for a 4th straight shutout for himself and for the team.

That ends quickly in the top of the 1st when Matty Alou triples and Bobby Murcer singles him home for a quick 1-0 Yankee lead.

The Sox immediately strike back by putting their first three runners on base. The third guy, Dick Allen, decided to get on in a novel manner-he bunted. Yankee 3rd baseman Craig Nettles was caught off-balance and unable to make the play. Bill Melton then singled two home and Ken Henderson reached on an error by shortstop Hal Lanier that scored Allen.

The Sox were not about to rest on that laurel, however. Allen led off the 3rd with a triple and was driven home on a Melton single. In the 6th five straight singles with runners on base pushed the score to 9-1. Pat Kelly and Carlos May drive two more across in the 7th to make it 11-1.

The Yankees put up a token fight in the 9th, getting one more run before submitting to Wilbur, who didn't get his shutout, but did go the distance.

The 11-2 win is the Sox' 9th in a row, their longest such streak since 1967. They are now 15-5, in 1st place in the AL West, 2 games ahead of Kansas City.

And, sitting in the box seats, attending a White Sox game for the very first time, was a four year old kid and his father. The kid was me. The tickets were VIP seats given to my dad by his aunt, who got them from Dizzy Dean after she got into a verbal tussle with him at a restaurant.

Long story short, Diz heard my dad's aunt talking about the White Sox. He teased her that she should be a Cub fan. My aunt went off on him while others eating with Dizzy laughed. At one point he presented her with the tickets, which he had presumably intended to use himself, because he admired her passion. She eventually found out who he was and apologized.

I only have a vague memory of the game. I do remember my father saying that we sat a couple of rows in front of Roland Hemond. And that is the story of how I went to my first game.

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