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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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September 17 & 18,1971

Posted 08-12-2017 at 09:09 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 08:51 PM by TommyJohn

September 17 & 18,1971
vs. California Angels
at White Sox Park

The White Sox go into this weekend series with the Angels long eliminated from contention in the AL West. At this point they are playing for pride, trying to improve on 1970 as much as possible. There is also the possibility of finishing as high as 3rd place.

Bart Johnson takes the mound on Friday night and runs into trouble early. He gives up 3 Angel runs in the top of the 1st, the last one coming in on a wild pitch. When Chuck Tanner pays a visit to the mound, Bart displays the spirit that got under the skin of Don Buford and Bert Campaneris by grabbing the resin bag and flinging it in the air. Chuck lets Bart stay in the game and the hurler gets the Sox out of the inning.

The Sox strike in the 2nd, when they put two on base. Luis Alvarado, Johnson and Walt Williams get RBI singles. Rich McKinney, Bill Melton and Carlos May also drive in runs.

Mike Hershberger contributes an RBI in the 3rd when he doubles to score Bart.

In the 4th Rick Reichardt adds to the lead with a home run and Tom Egan, perhaps starting to feel left out, drives home Carlos May with a double as the Sox widen the lead 9-4.

Johnson overcomes his initial shakiness to whiff 12 Angels and go the distance. The final of 9-4 is unusual in that every player in the lineup garners at least 1 RBI. Don't know if this is a first and only in baseball history, but I am pretty sure it is the only time in franchise history that this happened.


The next day saw a bizarre moment occur in the 1st inning. Carlos May stepped up with the bases loaded and ripped a drive that sliced down the left field line. Angel leftfielder and ex-teammate Ken Berry dove for it, missed, hit the ground hard and knocked himself out. May motored around the bases as Mickey Rivers ran over to retrieve the ball. By that time May was steaming around 3rd and got the "go" sign from coach Joe Lonnett. May raced home with a rare inside-the-park grand slam. This, coupled with his hit on opening day gave Carlos the distinction of hitting both an outside-the-park triple and an inside-the-park home run in the same season.

Tom Bradley was the beneficiary of the hit and went on to give up one run and five hits in going the distance. The Sox win 5-1 and Bradley is 14-14 on the season.

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