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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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August 29,1975

Posted 02-24-2018 at 01:40 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 10-13-2019 at 10:01 AM by TommyJohn

August 29,1975
vs. Baltimore Orioles
at Memorial Stadium

The White Sox continue to slog through August at a sluggish, slightly below .500 pace. The hot streak of July that pushed them to .500 respectability is long past and forgotten and the team is sitting at 64-68 going into this game.

The Sox wasted no time getting things going against Oriole starter Ross Grimsley. Ken Henderson, whose batting average was in the .250 range, started things off by teeing off on a Grimsley pitch for a 1st inning home run. Deron Johnson, sitting in the neighborhood of .240 or so, came up and also hit one out, giving the Sox their first back-to-back home runs since the unlikely duo of Bucky Dent and Bob Coluccio did it on May 26.

Speaking of Coluccio, he went deep off Ross with one out in the 2nd to give the Sox a 3-0 lead. Bob's blast finished Grimsley for the evening and he was relieved with Wayne Garland.

The recipient of the Sox outburst was Jim Kaat, who blew through the Orioles order until the 6th, when Paul Blair got to him for a home run. Kaat gave up another run in the 7th before Rich Gossage came on and got the inning over with no further damage.

The Sox would add one more in the top of the 8th, courtesy again of Henderson. Having homered from the right side of the plate off lefty Grimsley, he now stood on the left side against righty Garland. Ken stepped into a Garland pitch and belted it over the wall for his second home run of the game.

The shot was a history-making one for Ken and the team. It marked the first time in his career that Henderson had homered from both sides of the plate, and also the first time ever that a White Sox player had accomplished the feat in the same game. That's right. While Yankee fans got to see Mickey Mantle do this sort of thing with regularity, Sox fans had to wait 75 years to see one of their own do it. (And Ken would stand alone as the only Sox player to hit switch-hit home runs in the same game until 1993, when Tim Raines would join him).

The four home run outburst was a rare feat for the 1975 Sox-it gave them only 78 home runs on the season.

Rich Gossage mowed down the Orioles the rest of the way to secure the his 22nd save. Kaat's win was his 19th, putting him on the verge of his second straight 20 win season.

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