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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 18,1970

Posted 06-21-2017 at 07:19 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:51 PM by TommyJohn

September 18,1970
vs. Minnesota Twins
at White Sox Park

The brand new manager of the Chicago White Sox strode into the visitors' clubhouse of Kansas City Municipal Stadium, looking resplendent in his grey road uniform, the first major league uniform he had worn in a while. Outside, the weather perfectly matched the mood of the clubhouse and the franchise in general-dark, gloomy and with a steady, continuous rain.

"I'm here to observe and analyze you" he told the team. "I'm not gonna give any signals. If you want to hit and run, go ahead and hit and run. If you want to bunt, bunt. I'm just gonna watch you, how you play the game. You can do anything you want. The only thing we'll do is change pitchers."

The man who had given the speech was Charles William Tanner, 41, of New Castle, Pennsylvania. Tanner was an ex-player who had several "cups of coffee" for the Braves, Cubs, Indians and Angels from 1955-62. His big moment as a player came in his first major league at-bat, when he hit a home run on the first pitch he ever saw. Most recently Tanner was the manager of the Hawaii Islanders, the California Angels' Triple A Pacific Coast League affiliate. He had eagerly accepted Stu Holcomb's offer (or was it a challenge?) to manage the White Sox.

Also joining him from the Angels organization was 41 year old Roland Hemond, the new Director of Player Personnel. Hemond had begun his career in the Milwaukee Braves system. Hemond just as eagerly accepted Holcomb's offer to join the Sox.

The new hires had been announced on the 3rd, but Tanner and Hemond had to wait until after the PCL season had ended to join the team (the Islanders had also been in the playoffs).

Tanner's debut wound up being washed out and was pushed back to this night in Chicago vs. the Twins. The Chuck Tanner era began with a 5-4 loss that night, the club's 94th of the season. One highlight-Bill Melton hit his 29th home run of the season, tying the club mark set by Gus Zernial in 1950 and matched by Eddie Robinson in 1951. But more on that in the next entry.

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