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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 10, 1970

Posted 06-11-2017 at 10:57 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:47 PM by TommyJohn

June 10, 1970
vs. Boston Red Sox
at White Sox Park

The 1970 White Sox lost games in a variety of ways-they lost the close ones, they lost the blowouts. They lost in 9 innings and extras. They lost due to bad fielding, bad hitting and bad pitching. Their ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory was almost exquisite in its execution. If that ability is an art, the 1970 White Sox were true Michelangelos, with the entire field being their Sistine Chapel.

Bill Melton returned after a few days and picked up where he left off both offensively and defensively (not a good thing, in terms of the latter). The Sox continued to sniff .500, getting to 15-17 before the losing began in clumps. Included were two losses to the A's in late May-in one game, the Sox blew an 8-1 lead and lost 9-8. In the next the A's blew them out 12-2.

One game that truly personified the season was the one played on this date against Boston. The Red Sox were still smarting from a 22-13 pounding laid on them by the White Sox in Fenway Park on May 31 (See my Game of the Year, 1970) when the White Sox went on a hitting rampage.

This game was more in line with what White Sox fans had been watching all year.

The White Sox played in typical 1970 fashion-they jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead. In the 4th Boston put two on with one out. Tony Conigliaro bounced to Bill Melton, who bobbled it. Everyone was safe.

Rico Petrocelli then stepped up and hit a flyball to right center field. Tommy McCraw had a bead on it and leaped to catch it. McCraw was no Ken Berry (who had stolen two homers in one May game vs the Angels), however. The ball deflected off his glove and fell over the fence for a grand slam.

All seemed forgotten by the 9th, when Joel Horlen walked out with a 6-4 lead. It quickly vanished via a leadoff walk to Carl Yastrzemski and a dramatic game-tying home run by Tony Conigliaro.

On to extras they went until the top of the 14th, where Walt Williams robbed Petrocelli of yet another homer by making a spectacular catch at the fence. However, the Crimson Hose put runners on 1st and 3rd when Gerry Moses grounded to Melty at 3rd. He scooped up the ball and, attempting to force the runner at 2nd, threw the ball into right field. George (Not C.) Scott, the runner on 3rd, trotted home to break the tie.

It was all over but the swearing. The White Sox put a runner on with two out in the bottom half, but Luis Aparicio flied out to end it.

The team had actually made several outstanding plays in the game-Ken Berry, Walt Williams and Carlos May all contributed defensive gems and Berry chipped in with a homer. But they also committed a few miscues, and as is the case with a bad team, those errors proved to be decisive.
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