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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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September 6, 1967

Posted 02-18-2017 at 01:14 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-04-2018 at 07:37 AM by TommyJohn

September 6, 1967
vs. California Angels
at White Sox Park

The White Sox appear to be falling out of the race as September begins. They are 1.5 games back but in 4th place after beating the Red Sox 4-2 in Fenway Park on August 31st. A 10-2 whomping at the hands of the Red Sox on the 1st makes it 2.5, but Stanky's boys soldier on. They slap the Red Sox in the next two, taking 3 out of 4 in Boston; then go on to New York and win 2 out of 3 from the Yankees to creep within a game as they meet the Angels on this date.

Once again, the starting pitcher-in this case Joel Horlen-had to be protesting "What's a guy gotta do to get a win around here?" Hard Luck Horlen goes eight innings, scatters five hits, strikes out three, walks two, allows no runs and exits the game with nothing to show for it as Angel hurler George Brunet matched him zero for zero.

The Angels finally break through in the top of the 11th and take a 2-0 lead. Curt Simmons trotted out in the bottom frame to nail down the win for the Halos.

This, however, was one of those games that winning teams seem to pull out of thin air all the time. Tommie Agee doubled, then trotted home on a double by pinch-hitter Smokey Burgess.

At that point, the Hitless Wonder formula took over. Two walks loaded the bases for Ron Hansen, who didn't even have to lift the bat off his shoulder. Pete Cimino, the fourth Angel pitcher of the inning, threw one that got by catcher Buck (Not Buster Crabbe) Rodgers. Bill Voss raced home with the tying run.

On to the 13th, which was taking place past midnight. Duane Josephson singled with one out, bringing up Ken Berry. He lined a double and Angels outfielder Bubba Morton slipped as he attempted to field it, allowing the slower than molasses Josephson to race home with the winning run.

The night ends with four teams in practically a dead heat tie for 1st:

White Sox 78-61
Twins 78-61
Tigers 79-62
Red Sox 79-62

However, this would be the final day of the tumultuous 1967 season that the White Sox would be in 1st place.

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