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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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July 23,1972

Posted 09-12-2017 at 08:19 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 10:09 PM by TommyJohn

July 23, 1972
vs. Cleveland Indians
at White Sox Park

Riding high from taking 3 of 4 from division leading Oakland, the Sox take 2 of 3 from the Twins but then hit a bump, going 4-11 over their next 15. Seven of those 11 losses are dealt to them by the Orioles, who sweep them away twice in the span of 11 days. An extra inning loss in Detroit on July 18 leaves them at 45-40. The 4 game deficit of three weeks ago widens to 8 1/2 games.

The Sox provide plenty of thrills for the fans in this Sunday doubleheader against the Indians, the final games before the All-Star break.

Game 1 belongs to Dick Allen and Wilbur Wood. The knuckler squares off against Indian ace Gaylord Perry in a tight pitchers' duel that is marked by Chuck Tanner's demand to the umpires to inspect Perry and his glove before Allen's at-bat in the 7th inning.

This was a response to a July 10 game that Tanner put under protest because he believed that Perry had been doctoring the ball. The protest for that game was disallowed, so Tanner tried again at a point where Perry was cruising along with a 3 hit shutout. A solo home run by Alex Johnson had staked him to a 1-0 lead.

The inspection seemed to unnerve Perry. Allen promptly blasted his 22nd home run right afterward.

In the 9th with the game tied 1-1 and Allen up, Tanner again asked umpires to inspect Perry's glove. Nothing was found, but Allen again touched Perry, this time for a hard single. The hit starts a rally that ends with Jay Johnstone's bases-loaded single. The Sox take it 2-1 with Wilbur winning his 15th.


After the game Tanner put on an innocent "Who, me?" act in denying that he was trying to psych Perry out. "You're not allowed to do that." He said, smiling. Well, psych out or no, it worked to perfection.

Carlos May, having one of his best years on the south side, is the hero of game 2. He stakes the Sox to a 1-0 lead with a home run in the 2nd inning off Steve Dunning. The Indians take a 3-1 lead but the Sox tie it in the 8th.

May leads off the bottom of the 9th against second year Indian Ed Farmer, an Evergreen Park-born graduate of St. Rita High School. May slams a Farmer offering and sends it into the right field lower deck for his second home run of the game and his second game-ending blast of the season.

The Sox go into the All-Star break 49-41, trailing Oakland by 6 1/2 games. Wood, May and Allen pack their bags and go to Atlanta for that year's All-Star game. Allen, riding high off his spectacular season, is the game's leading vote-getter.

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