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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 21,1977

Posted 05-28-2018 at 07:57 PM by TommyJohn

September 21,1977
vs. Oakland A's
at Comiskey Park

The Sox continued to tread water following their doubleheader loss to the Angels, going 8-6 in their next 14 games, including the first two of a three game set against the A's. They continued to lose ground to the Royals, who were having the same type of month the Sox had in July. Finally, the day that Sox fans had been dreading since the beginning of September arrived.

The Sox took the field in front of 6,963 fans for the last game of the series with the A's.

The Sox struck first, ringing up four runs in the bottom of the 2nd against A's starter Pablo Torrealba. Wayne Nordhagen drove in the first two runs, hitting a double that scored Lamar Johnson and Chet Lemon. Bob Coluccio sent Torrealba to the showers with a single that scored Nordhagen and Bill Nahorodny.

The 4-0 lead didn't last, as Oakland struck back with four runs of their own in the top of the 3rd. The first blow was a leadoff home run by Wayne Gross. Mitchell Page nd Mike Jorgensen contributed the next 3 RBIs.

Oakland took a 6-4 lead in the top of the 5th, but the Sox came right back and tied it up with two home runs, the first by Eric Soderholm, the second by Lamar Johnson.

The score remained 6-6 until the top of the 9th, when Manny Sanguillen came up with one on and one out against Clay Carroll. Manny swung and took Carroll deep for a two run home run.

Doug Bair of the A's made quick work of Ralph Garr and Henry Cruz in the 9th. Jim Spencer stepped in, pinch-hitting for Coluccio, representing the Sox' last hope. He hit a pop fly in foul territory. Wayne Gross, playing 3rd base, settled under it and caught it.

And with that out, the Sox' dreams of an improbable division title officially, mathematically died. Amos Otis' prediction had come true. The Royals could wear smug, satisfied smiles on their faces. Less than two months after the unbelievable highs and joys of July, the 1977 White Sox were eliminated.

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