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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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June 4,1974

Posted 12-23-2017 at 12:26 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 07-05-2018 at 07:27 PM by TommyJohn

June 4,1974
vs. New York Yankees
at White Sox Park

Chuck Tanner decided a shake-up was in order. He benched Ron Santo, who was hitting .236 with one AL home run, demoted Jim Kaat, who had lost his last five games (prompting Harry Caray's "maybe it's time to retire" crack) to the bullpen, promoted Skip Pitlock to the rotation and called up Bill Sharp, who was hitting .380, from Iowa.

The stars of this game were two standbys that Tanner needn't do anything with-Dick Allen and Wilbur Wood.

The Sox fell behind 2-1, with Yankee backup catcher Rick Dempsey factoring in both runs-he drove in the first and scored the second on a double by light-hitting shortstop Jim Mason. The Sox got on the board when the newly-promoted Sharp drove Bill Melton home with a single.

Allen provided the fireworks, literally, in the bottom of the 5th. Ed Herrmann, Bucky Dent and Carlos May got on with singles. May's came with two out. Third base coach Joe Lonnett decided to hold Herrmann, who was hobbled by a broken toe, at 3rd base, prompting loud boos from the crowd.

The boos subsided by the time Allen strutted up to the plate.

Pat Dobson of the Yankees worked the count to 1-2, with Allen swinging weakly and missing for the second strike. On the fourth pitch Allen swung and launched a rocket toward centerfield that carried over the bullpen wall for a titanic 400 foot grand slam, Allen's first for the White Sox, giving them a 5-2 lead.

Wood settled down from there, having little trouble with the Yankees after that. He would give up just those two runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking none in going the distance to up his record to 9-6.

He got a little more help from his friends, including Bucky Dent. In the 8th with a man on and the Sox winning 7-2, Bucky smacked a shot that landed in the stands for his second home run of the year, giving him one more than Ron Santo. Wood set the Yankees down 1-2-3 in the 9th to close it out. The win gave the Sox a record of 23-23, 4 games out of 1st.

SIDENOTE: While the Sox were pounding lumps on the Yankees this night, one of the most infamous games in the history of baseball took place in Cleveland between the Indians and the Rangers. The Indians held "Ten Cent Beer Night" at Municipal Stadium, bringing a turnout that was three times larger than the usual crowd for Indian games. Several incidents of rowdiness took place until the 9th inning, when the action spilled out onto the field and the game degenerated into a drunken riot, with players from both teams engaging in fist fights with fans. Umpire Crew Chief Nestor Chylak, who was cut by a flying chair, tried hard to restore order before waving the game off and declaring the Rangers winner by forfeit. "The fans were uncontrollable beasts" he later said.

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