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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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June 17,1972

Posted 09-03-2017 at 09:36 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 10:04 PM by TommyJohn

June 17,1972
vs. Boston Red Sox
at Fenway Park

The White Sox don't wilt in the wake of the dramatic doubleheader sweep of the Yankees. They go 6-3 over the next 9 games going into this doubleheader with the Red Sox, who are below .500 at this point in the season.

Bill Melton provides the heroics in this game. With two runners on base in the top of the 1st, Bill belts one that clears the green monster in left to stake the Sox out to a quick 3-0 lead.

Boston rallies to tie it at 3 off Wilbur Wood in the bottom of the 3rd. Wilb is uncharacteristically wild, hitting two batters, including Luis Aparicio, then Reggie Smith with the bases loaded to force in a run. Boston ties it when Wood issues a bases loaded pass to Danny Cater.

The White Sox are behind 4-3 in the 6th when Walt Williams draws a bases loaded walk from Gary Peters, then Rich Morales grounds into a double play. Melton, the runner on 3rd, scores an uncontested run. That run would prove the margin of victory as the White Sox win it 5-4. Melton's three run blast, his 7th homer of the year, had been the difference.

A few days later, Melton was in the on-deck circle when he felt excruciating back pain. The injury he had suffered in the offseason had flared up on him at absolutely the worst time. Melton had herniated a disc when he had fallen from the roof of his garage. He had it treated in January and thought it was better. However, the disc bulge got worse and created agonizing sciatica.

Melton last played on June 23 and came out of the lineup and into traction for what was supposed to be a week of treatment. The back didn't heal and in fact grew worse.

On July 8 the team made the stunning announcement that the 1971 AL home run champion was out for the season.

"That's a blow-a helluva blow" said Dick Allen.

Said Melton "I've always wanted to be with a winner and finally this year we were winning and I wanted to be a part of it. That's what hurts most."


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