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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 15,1976

Posted 04-02-2018 at 09:47 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 08-18-2019 at 10:34 AM by TommyJohn

July 15,1976
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
at Comiskey Park

By the time the All-Star break came around, any resemblance between the White Sox and an actual contender was purely a far flung fantasy. The 10 game winning streak was a distant memory. The team went into the break 37-45 and were 10-23 since that fateful June night when Frank Robinson sent them home with his dramatic, game-ending two run homer.

Rich Gossage was the team's lone All-Star that year, but didn't see any action this time as the NL defeated the AL in Philadelphia for their 5th win in a row.

Wins weren't the only things in short supply by this time. The Sox were experiencing a home run dry spell as well. They hadn't hit a round-tripper in Comiskey in nearly a month. That changed this night when Chet Lemon led off the 1st inning with a home run off Brewer starter Jim Slaton. Jack Brohamer added to the lead by smacking a two run drive in the 2nd inning for a 3-0 lead.

Ken Brett was the recipient of this home run love. He went out and handled the Brewers with ease for four innings, ringing up six strikeouts in the process. For once, Ken had some run support backing him up.

That lasted until the top of the 5th, when he walked leadoff hitter Jack Heideman and gave up a two out double to Don Money. That brought up the big 1st baseman, George "Boomer" Scott. "Boomer" bombed a drive into the stands to tie the game at 3.

The Sox tried but failed to push any runs across against Slaton after the two home runs. The drought started after Slaton and catcher Art Kusyner changed their signals, suspecting that the Sox had a spy stealing their signs. Brewer manager Alex Grammas later said that the Sox hit "like they knew what was coming."

The game went on into extra innings, with Brett taking the mound for the 10th inning and catching Bill Sharp looking for his 10th strikeout, which tied his career high.

Even bad teams thrill their fans with a gem every once in a while. The Sox gave fans one this night. Jorge Orta stroked a two out double off Slaton in the 10th inning, which finished the hurler for the night. Grammas called on lefty Ray Sadecki to face Pat Kelly. The Sox outfielder stepped into a Sadecki pitch and ripped a long drive to right. The ball sailed into the lower right field stands, just fair. Kelly took his triumphant trot as fans cheered and the scoreboard saluted the home run.

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