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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 29-30,1974

Posted 12-28-2017 at 09:29 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 07-05-2018 at 07:29 PM by TommyJohn

June 29-30,1974
vs. Minnesota Twins
at White Sox Park

Jorge Orta, the quiet, painfully shy Mexican-born second baseman, was the star of these two games with the Twins.

Orta was beginning to come into his own as a player this season after two seasons of ups and downs, including his first year of 1972, when he had made the club out of spring but was demoted during the season.

The Sox still saw good things in Orta and he began justifying their confidence. On April 21 he had gone 5-for-6 in a game against the Royals. At this point in the season he had boosted his average to .316, good for a spot in the Top 10 in the American League.

Dick Allen was particularly high on Orta. He saw a kindred spirit in the shy infielder and so took him under his wing. More than once Allen talked about how good a player Orta was going to be.

Orta went three for four in the June 29 contest, the first an RBI double followed by two singles in three consecutive at-bats. The Sox scored their runs on a two run homer by Carlos May in the 6th and RBI hits by Ken Henderson and Bill Sharp in the 8th. Terry Forster got the win in relief of Bugs Moran.


The next day Orta continued to swing a scorching hot bat in the first game of a doubleheader before the largest crowd of the season, 44,158. He got right down to business, lashing a run-scoring double in the bottom of the 1st, part of a 5 run inning that chased Twins starter Ray Corbin.

His next two at-bats saw a single and a double as the Sox maintained the lead. In the 6th Orta lashed a triple and scored on a single by Dick Allen to make the score 7-2, Sox. Orta capped off the game with an 8th inning single that scored Bucky Dent.

The game ended with the Sox 8-3 victors, with the win going to Jim Kaat, who dispatched his old team to raise his record to 8-6.

Orta had gone 5-for-5, his second five hit game of 1974. This coupled with his three straight hits the day before, gave him eight hits in eight consecutive at-bats. All good things must come to an end though, and Orta's streak was stopped by Twins pitcher Vic Albury in the 1st inning of the second game of the DH. Albury froze Orta on a 3-2 pitch and caught him looking at strike three.

The Sox would lose the second game to end the day 36-36. Orta would end the day at .332, placing him third in the AL batting race.

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