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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 10, 1968

Posted 02-18-2017 at 02:33 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-04-2018 at 08:41 AM by TommyJohn

April 10, 1968
vs. Cleveland Indians
at White Sox Park

The White Sox give themselves a facelift over the winter in an effort to beef up the offense-Tommie Agee and Al Weis are sent to the Mets for Tommie Davis, Don Buford is swapped to the Orioles for Russ Snyder and south side favorite Luis Aparicio. The trades alter the complexion of the team, seemingly for the better. The Sox are a preseason pick of many prognosticators to win the AL pennant.

The Sox take the field for 1968 on this day with the country in horrible upheaval. Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis on the 4th, leading to an explosion of race riots all across the country.

Chicago was not immune. The idea that White Sox Park was in a dangerous (read: black) neighborhood started to really take hold with the riots, even though the worst of the rioting took place on the west side, where the Blackhawks played.

A shocking crowd of only 7,756 turned out for the first game, which had been delayed for a day due to King's funeral. Sox starter and 1967 Cy Young runner up (to Jim Lonborg of Boston) Joel Horlen is tagged for 5 runs and 7 hits in five innings of work. The bullpen isn't much better, giving up 4 more runs, including two home runs, before it is over.

The small crowd and the blowout loss surely sent out an ominous danger signal to Sox brass and the fans. The worst was yet to come. On this day the Sox began a three year descent into baseball hell.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...96804100.shtml
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