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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 20, 1969

Posted 04-15-2017 at 12:11 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-05-2018 at 07:26 AM by TommyJohn

June 20, 1969
vs. California Angels
at Anaheim Stadium

It figures that once the White Sox got the hitting they so sorely lacked in previous seasons, the once-star pitching staff would give out.

Joel Horlen and Tommy John were actually reliable at this point. The lowered mound, astroturf infield and not-so-great defense caused their ERAs to take a bit of a hit, but they still had their good games. Gary Peters, however, was in his second year of struggling. He had hurt himself in 1968, when he went 4-13. This season was more of the same as he tried to pitch through a as yet undiscovered rotator cuff injury.

Ed Short tried to shore up the problems by pulling another move that baffled fans. On June 8 the Sox dealt Bob Locker, one of the best relief specialists in baseball, to the Seattle Pilots in exchange for 32 year old starter Gary Bell.

The swap made no sense to anyone, as Bell was at the end of the line. Fans probably thought that, since Bell had blanked the Sox in Seattle's home opener, Short wanted to get him while he was hot.

Short later explained the logic of the trade to sportswriter Bob Vanderberg, saying that at this point the team needed to plug the holes in the rotation caused by Peters' struggles and the lack of an effective fourth starter. They hoped that Bell would be of help in that area. .

He wasn't. Bell got hammered in two starts and was banished to the bullpen, where he would produce an ERA north of 6.

This night, however, saw the major league debut of a starter that looked to be the answer to the Sox' pitching woes.

Paul Edmondson, age 26, took the mound against the Angels. He looked sharp on this date, giving up only two hits and one run. The Sox, meanwhile, chipped in with a few hits to help him out. Luis Aparicio went 3-for-5 with 4 RBI to give Edmondson the runs he needed. Sox win this one, 9-1.
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