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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 20,1975

Posted 02-15-2018 at 08:03 PM by TommyJohn

July 20,1975
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
at White Sox Park

It was Jersey Day at White Sox Park, and 24,719 turned out on a beautiful, sunny Sunday to see the scheduled Sox-Brewers doubleheader and to collect a replica Sox jersey with the Aamco Transmissions label on the back. I was among the people streaming in, along with my father, brother, sister and cousin. I clutched my souvenir jersey given to me by a lady who smiled as she handed it out (Number 51-Terry Forster)and walked in. I was six years old and unaware of Harry Caray's sharp barbs or John Allyn's financial distress. I was just excited to once again be seeing the White Sox in person.

The Sox burst out of the gate in game 1, jumping on Brewer starter Ed Sprague for 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Ken Henderson drove across the first two, followed by run-scoring hits from Bill Melton and Bill Stein.

Gorman Thomas got two of the runs back by touching Sox starter Wilbur Wood for a two run home run in the top of the 2nd.

The Sox went out in the bottom of the 2nd and padded the lead. Pat Kelly opened the inning with a single, went to 3rd on a single by Bucky Dent and proceeded home when a Carlos May grounder forced Dent at 2nd. They added two more runs when Ken Henderson singled in May and Bill Melton hit a fly ball that left fielder Bobby Darwin dropped to score Deron Johnson from 3rd. Melton received credit for a sacrifice fly on the play.

The Sox added two more, one in the 5th on a Carlos May single to score Bucky Dent and another in the 7th on a wild pitch.

Wood cruised through the game, giving up only the two runs and four hits. The 9-2 win gave Wood a 9-13 record and lowered his ERA to 4.03.

After the first game came a softball match between the Sox wives and the Brewer wives, who trotted out wearing pinstriped, one-piece overall short shorts. Claude Osteen served as home plate umpire and the Sox wives beat the Brewer wives 4-1. The scoreboard was set off in recognition of the wives' win. Meanwhile, up in the booth, Harry Caray cracked "I didn't know some of these players were married!"

By the way, I remember laughing at Claude Osteen's wife because I thought she was ugly, and at Hank Aaron's wife because she looked old. Hey, I was six.

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Game two saw Claude Osteen get slammed in the 1st inning for his second start in a row. Four Brewer runs crossed the plate, including one on a Hank Aaron triple.

The Sox bounced back in this one, though. They trailed 4-2 in the 4th when Bill Stein stepped up with the bases loaded and smacked a drive into the left field seats for a grand slam and a 6-4 lead. Bill Melton added a solo shot in the 6th and the Sox added 3 more to roll to a 10-5 win and complete the doubleheader sweep.

The wins gave the Sox a record of 19-8 in their last 27 games and made them 45-46 overall. They appeared on the road to recovery.


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