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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 28,1976

Posted 03-11-2018 at 11:49 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-19-2018 at 08:40 AM by TommyJohn

April 28,1976
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
at Comiskey Park

The Sox found themselves having to postpone a few games in April due to the cold. The second game of the season was one of them, as was a game scheduled for Tuesday night the 27th vs. the Brewers. That game was moved to Wednesday afternoon while a game scheduled for Thursday night was switched to the day time as well.

"We inherited this schedule" Bill Veeck said. He explained that the 1976 slate of games had been drawn up by the AL when it appeared that the team would be moving to Seattle, where a domed stadium awaited. Thus there were a lot of April night games on the slate. The Sox were stuck with trying to deal with Chicago weather in April.

The Sox themselves were in a bit of a slump. After starting the season 4-2 they had lost 3 in a row to drop below .500 at 4-5.

Wilbur Wood took the mound to try and end the mini-slump. Only 1,114 were able to come out to the rescheduled game and they were buoyed by the promise of a free car, which would be raffled off before the bottom of the 7th.

The Sox got on the board in the 2nd when Ralph Garr scored from 3rd on a double by Cleon Jones, who was struggling so far in the young season. It would be one of three hits Jones would collect on the afternoon to raise his average to .367.

Wood went out for the 3rd and gave the run right back, plus some. Don Money singled in two runs and 20 year old shortstop Robin Yount (Who Bob Verdi referred to as a "superstar in the making." What's that old saying about a broken clock?) doubled him home to give the Brewers a 3-1 lead.

Milwaukee added one more in the 9th to pad the lead to 4-1.

The Sox, meanwhile, were unable to get anything going against Brewer starter Bill Travers. Buddy Bradford followed up Jones' 2nd inning double by striking out to end the inning. In the 4th Jorge Orta and Cleon Jones led off the inning with singles, but Bradford struck out looking and Jim Spencer grounded into a double play to snuff the inning. All told, the Sox put men on base in six innings, including the 9th, but were unable to move off a dime. Jim Spencer flied out to end it.

The loss was the Sox' 4th straight and brought them down to 4-6.

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