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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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July 21,1974

Posted 01-05-2018 at 07:48 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 07-05-2018 at 07:30 PM by TommyJohn

July 21,1974
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
at White Sox Park

The Chisox catch fire after Bart Johnson's masterful two-hit game against the Tigers, though not right away. They lose 3 in a row to the Brewers, the first two in the final at-bat, before going 8-1 in their next nine, including a 7 game winning streak.This pushes their record to 48-44 going into this Sunday doubleheader vs. the Brewers, the last two before the All-Star break.

It was Ball Day at White Sox Park, with fans receiving a nice, shiny red and white horsehide baseball with the team's white sock and swinging batter logo stamped on it.

Jim Kaat took the mound against Jim Colborn as the Sox attempted to stretch their winning streak to 8.

They drew blood right away, with Dick Allen and Ken Henderson swatting run-scoring doubles in the 1st inning. The Brewers got one of them back before Bill Melton added to the lead with a home run to lead off the 4th inning.

Dick Allen added a home run of his own in the 7th and the Sox tallied two more in the 8th to take a 6-1 lead. Terry Forster came on in relief of Kaat and got a little shaky in the 9th, giving up one run before sealing the 6-2 win. The Sox upped their record to 49-44, the highest they had been over .500 this season.

They seemed primed to sweep when they went into the top of the 9th of game 2 winning 3-0. But the Brewers rallied and had two on with one out before Forster was once again called in to put out the fire. Terry got one out but gave up a run-scoring single to George Scott and a walk to Darrell Porter before Deron Johnson came to the plate. Chuck stayed with Terry, who fed a pitch that Johnson crushed into right field. The ball clanged off the upper deck facade for a grand slam. The Sox submitted meekly in the bottom half to lose 5-3.

The loss put them at 49-45 and five games in back of the A's going into the break. Dick Allen expressed confidence that the team was capable of winning the division. Allen, who was leading the AL in home runs with 26, was off to the All-Star game, along with Wilbur Wood. Dick would once again be the American League's starting 1st baseman, while Wood was headed there as a reserve.

And sitting in the stands for the first game of that doubleheader, clutching hard to his new souvenir baseball, was a small five year old and his father. I was the five year old in question. We were sitting in the upper deck (my father hated the upper tank but didn't realize the tix were for the UD until it was too late). I was too small to see over the heads of people in front of me and did not see any of the game. Thus, I was at a game in which both Bill Melton and Dick Allen homered, but I did not see either homer nor do I have any memory of them.

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