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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 21,1975

Posted 02-27-2018 at 07:21 AM by TommyJohn

September 21,1975
vs. Texas Rangers
at White Sox Park

Wilbur Wood had gotten off to an atrocious start in 1975, at one point sporting a record of 2-10 and an ERA over 5. He managed to get things together and start winning, but he was at the point in the season where he was going to miss out on one milestone but achieve a more dubious one.

Woodie was at this point 15-19. He didn't have enough starts left to achieve a 5th straight 20 win season. He did, however, have a chance to get the unwanted mark of 20 losses.

The Sox took the field for the home finale in front of 4,174 bored customers, bringing the final attendance total for the year to 750,802-a far cry from the numbers that had turned out the past three years to see Dick Allen.

One person not in the lineup this day was Deron Johnson. The Sox' DH had been sold to the Boston Red Sox, who were soon to be AL East champs and wanted some punch for the next few games. The sum was not disclosed, but the move was made to relieve John Allyn's financial distress. Johnson departed the south side with 18 home runs on the season, which was good enough to lead the team.

Wood was on a groove until the 4th inning, when Jeff Burroughs got to him for a solo home run. Jim Fregosi followed that up with a two run shot in the 5th to put Texas ahead 3-0. The 6th inning was more of the same-Dave Nelson and Mike Hargrove hit back-to-back home runs to lead off the inning.

That finished Wood for the day. His knuckler obviously not knuckling, he was pulled in favor of Danny Osborn. He got the Sox out that inning and pitched a scoreless 7th before being touched for 3 runs in the 8th.

Gaylord Perry, meanwhile, tossed a good game for the Rangers, keeping the Sox scoreless until the 9th, when they reached him for two runs. Perry got out of it to seal the complete game 8-2 win.

The loss gave Wilbur his 20th for the season. There were no champagne corks popped or congratulatory cans of beer opened up in recognition of this "feat." In fact, of greater concern at the moment was the possibility that the White Sox, in existence since the inception of the American League in 1901, had just played their last game ever on the south side and in Chicago.

Chuck Tanner told Bob Verdi "I can't say whether we'll all be back here next year. That's not my department. There's been a team in Chicago for 75 years so I feel sure there will be a team here again. But I can't say if it'll be the White Sox or not."

John Allyn grumped to Verdi that he had no comment. "Make your own headlines" Allyn snapped at him.

Harry Caray delivered a eulogy for the season, telling his audience "we all deserved better this year...especially you, the fans." Caray's job status was up in the air, but he indicated that he wanted to return in 1976.
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