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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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April 15,1972

Posted 08-19-2017 at 02:05 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 10-20-2018 at 03:35 PM by TommyJohn

April 15,1972
vs. Kansas City Royals
at Municipal Stadium, Kansas City

Top of the 9th inning...score tied 0-0...the small opening night crowd of 9,000 plus feeling restless...there hadn't been much action up to this point...the lead off batter took his heavy 42 oz. bat and strode to the plate...he seemed to be moving in slow motion, almost as if time was standing still... the PA announcer's voice echoed throughout the park...

"Now batting...for the White Sox...number fifteen...Dick...Allen..."

Allen dug in slowly, methodically and waited for his moment. Pitcher Dick Drago went to work. A tension, a sense that something big was about to happen, began to build. All eyes were on the batter as he stared intently at the pitcher. Drago got his signal and threw.

CRACK! The ball took off on a slow majestic arc towards center field. Somewhere in the world, a bolt of lightning flashed. The center fielder drifted back and watched the ball leave the park. Allen went into a regal home run trot. He touched home, slapped hands with on-deck hitter Carlos May and jogged back to the dugout to accept the warm congrats of his teammates.

It would have been perfect if the game had ended there, but it didn't. Wilbur Wood gave up a game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th and Bart Johnson gave up a single to John Mayberry in the bottom of the 11th that scored Paul Schall and won the game for KC.

Dick Allen and the White Sox walked off the field losers this night, but they were going to be anything but throughout 1972. Allen's home run signaled that the White Sox were off and running.


I don't have footage of Allen's first White Sox home run in Kansas City, so here's the next best thing: Roy Hobbs' first major league at-bat from the movie "The Natural."

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