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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 31,1972

Posted 09-17-2017 at 04:01 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 10-20-2018 at 02:46 PM by TommyJohn

July 31,1972
vs. Minnesota Twins
at Metropolitan Stadium

When fans reminisce about Dick Allen, it usually has to do with the home runs he hit. Allen swaggering up to the plate with his large 42 ounce bat. Digging in, facing down some poor, hapless pitcher. A swing sweet enough to inspire baseball poets to search for metaphors to describe it. The thunderous sound of bat meeting ball. The beautiful, majestic arc as said ball took off for parts unknown, hanging in the air for a seeming eternity before finally coming to rest in some nether region of the park that no ball had ever visited.

Allen was a very versatile player, though. Not all of his home runs were titanic blasts that disappeared into the ether, such as the ones he hit on this day.

The fun started right away. Twins starter Bert Blyleven walked Pat Kelly to lead off the game and Luis Alvarado followed with an infield single.

Allen followed that up by cracking a low liner toward center field. Danny Darwin dove in an attempt to make a shoestring catch, but the ball got past him and rolled to the fence some 436 feet away from home plate. By the time the Twins outfielders got to the ball Kelly and Alvarado had scored and Allen was steaming around 3rd. There was no play and Allen crossed the plate with a stand up inside-the-park home run.

Dick didn't stop there. In the 5th Alvarado was again on base when Allen smashed a wicked drive to left center. Again Danny Darwin made an attempt to get it, and again the ball got away from him. Rich Reese finally tracked the ball down 420 feet away from the action. By that time Allen had again barreled around the bases and scored another inside-the-park home run.

Allen's twin ITP jobs against the Twins tied a record held by several players, including the White Sox' Jack Fournier in 1914 and Carl Reynolds in 1930. The last one to do it before Allen was Hank Thompson of the New York Giants in 1950.

Also homering in the game was catcher Ed Herrmann, who smacked a boring, conventional one over the wall. He later joked to Allen that his method was a lot easier on the legs.

The Sox beat the Twins in this one, 8-1. Allen ends the day with 5 RBI on the 2 home runs.

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