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August 10,1975

Posted 02-19-2018 at 08:37 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-12-2018 at 08:39 AM by TommyJohn

August 10,1975
vs. Baltimore Orioles
at White Sox Park

Five days after announcing the fan vote on whether they wanted to keep the Sox or see the A's move to town, Rick Talley announced the preliminary totals, and it wasn't even close.

"White Sox fans would prefer to see the current team remain, rather than see the world champion Oakland A's come to town." Talley wrote. The "Keep the White Sox" choice led the "Bring the A's to Town" choice by a 2-to-1 margin.

Rick the passionate Cub fan seemed unable to understand why Sox fans would want to keep the current team in town-the one that had been around for 75 years, that they had grown up on and to which they had formed an emotional attachment.

"Then...as anticipated, there are the Nays....the folks who consider themselves loyal Sox fans who wouldn't dream of trading their below-.500 team for champions with mustaches" Rick sneered. He concluded by expressing his belief that the team wouldn't be moved, mainly because the AL wouldn't pay to help buy out Charlie Finley's lease, nor would he have the required 75% approval required to move the A's.

Meanwhile the Sox move into August basically treading water. After the hot 19-8 spurt they fall back into just below .500 mediocrity.

Jim Kaat took the mound and cooled off the red hot Orioles, blanking them for 7 innings. Mike Torrez was equally hot for Baltimore and locked wth Kaat in a scoreless duel for 7 innings.

The Orioles struck first when Ken Singleton homered to lead of the top of the 8th. The Orioles added a run in the 9th when Don Baylor doubled, then scored on a single by Brooks Robinson. That finished Kaat. Rich Gossage came on and got the Sox out of the inning without further scoring.

Bucky Dent led off the 9th with a walk, so Earl Weaver excused Torrez in favor of Grant Jackson. Bill Stein popped out to bring on Brian Downing. The catcher stepped into a Jackson pitch and drove a shot to left-center. Paul Blair leaped for it right below the 375 sign. A fan reached at the same time. The ball hit the top of the wall, then bounced on the field. Blair fielded the ball right as second base umpire Armando Rodriguez called a home run.

This brought Earl Weaver charging out of the dugout screaming and yelling that the fan had interfered and Downing should be out. The ump claimed that the ball hit the top of the wall, bounced into the stands and back out. Weaver's shouts, yells and protests fell on deaf ears. The game was now tied.

Pat Kelly drew two balls, ending Grant Jackson's day. Ross Grimsley was brought in and Kelly coaxed a walk that was charged to Jackson. Jorge Orta lashed a Grimsley pitch to deep centerfield. Kelly was off with the pitch and came burning around the bases. The throw wasn't even close. Harry Caray happily yelled "The White Sox win it!" three times after Kelly crossed the plate with the winning run.

Weaver was still fuming after the game and snapped at the media, giving a few choice words that today would be labeled "politically incorrect."

"I think the ball was still in play" he said, referring to Downing's homer. What makes me mad is I asked him [Rodriguez] to consult the other umpires and he wouldn't. No wonder he wouldn't consult them. He speaks Spanish and they can't understand what the hell he's saying."

Chuck Tanner had a different take on the play. "You made the right call" he told the umps. "It was a home run."

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