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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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July 13,1975

Posted 02-12-2018 at 07:29 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-12-2018 at 07:36 AM by TommyJohn

July 13,1975
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
at Milwaukee County Stadium

Wilbur Wood wasn't having the best year. He stumbled out of the gate at 0-4 before winning his first game of the season. At one point he was 3-10 with an ERA of 5.74. Sox fan feelings about Wilbur were possibly summed up in the person who wrote the Tribune to complain that Chuck Tanner's habit of starting Wood every two days was finally catching up to him.

Wood started to put it together and was 6-13 and had brought his ERA down below 5 going into this game against the Brewers, the last one before the All-Star game.

The Sox themselves had their winning streak snapped at 9 by the A's, after which they had settled back into their doldrums. They were 4-7 since winning their 9th in a row.

Wood was on this night, setting the Brewers down for three innings before giving up two hits in the 4th, but getting out of the inning without giving up a run.

By that time, his teammates had boosted him to a 4-0 lead; all of the runs scoring in the top of the 4th. Bill Travers of the Brewers walked the bases loaded with two out, then gave up back-to-back singles to Bill Stein and Nyls Nyman that drove in 3 runs. The Sox added a fourth run on a double steal when Nyman stole second base and Stein stole home.

The Sox scored a 5th run in the the 6th when Pat Kelly singled home Nyls Nyman, who had been perched on 2nd after a double.

Wilbur continued to be on throughout the game. He allowed only one more hit-a one out single to Hank Aaron in the 9th-before getting the final two outs to get the shutout, the first by a Sox pitcher on the season.

"That's as good a game as Wilbur has pitched in his career" beamed Chuck Tanner after the game.

"He might be exaggerating a bit" Wilbur countered, before conceding that yes, it was one of his better games.


After the game, four White Sox-Jim Kaat, Rich Gossage, Bucky Dent and Jorge Orta-stayed behind for the All-Star game, which would be taking place in the same stadium. Dent went hitless in one at-bat, Orta was nursing an injury and was unable to play.

As for the pitchers, Jim Kaat came on in the 5th and pitched two perfect innings, retiring Lou Brock, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith and Ron Cey in succession.

It was a different story when Gossage came on in the top of the 9th in relief of Catfish Hunter. Runners were poised on 2nd and 3rd with no out and the game tied at 3. Gossage plunked Larry Bowa to load them up for Cub 3rd baseman Bill Madlock.

Madlock won the crosstown confrontation, driving a groundball past 3rd base for a hit that scored two runs. The NL added one more to secure a 6-3 win, with Madlock being voted co-MVP.

Gossage was off the hook, though. The two runs were charged to Hunter, who got tabbed with the loss.

A Tribnue reader identified only as L.W. wasn't too happy about the outcome, or the way the local media wrote of the game. In a "Sound Off, Sports Fans" letter printed on July 22, LW wrote: "While the members of the press in our city have built Bill Madlock as the big hero and Rich Gossage as the tragic figure of the recent All-Star game because of a ground ball that should have been handled by the 3rd baseman, barely any mention has been made of Jim Kaat's two perfect innings."
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