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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 21,1976

Posted 04-10-2018 at 11:12 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 08-18-2019 at 10:55 AM by TommyJohn

August 21,1976
vs. Baltimore Orioles
at Comiskey Park

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the ballpark...

William L. Veeck, Jr. Productions Presents:

The Chicago White Sox in:


The shorts were indeed back, along with a dog Frisbee catching contest before the game. One of the dogs ended her day in an unusual way. She dashed into right field and "tended to nature's call" as Richard Dozer delicately put it. The crowd applauded wildly. Soon they were applauding for the shorts-clad Sox, who played one of their best games of the season.

The Orioles struck right away, rapping starter Bart Johnson for 3 runs in the top of the 1st. The Sox got within one in the 2nd when Jack Brohamer stepped up with Lamar Johnson on base and ripped a drive that landed in the stands for a two run home run.

This, mind you, was no ordinary home run. It was one of the great, memorable drives in baseball history, up there with Pudge, Bucky and Gibby. Brohamer's drive made him the first, and as it would turn out, the ONLY player in the entire history of the grand old game of major league baseball to clout a round-tripper while wearing short pants- a fact pointed out by many who keep track of, and were apparently deeply traumatized by, such things.

Baltimore was unstoppable in the next few innings, ringing up 3 in the 3rd and 2 in the 6th to run up an 8-2 lead. But a funny thing happened to the 5th place, weak-hitting Sox. They came back.

The Sox started off the bottom of the 6th with five straight singles. Two of them, by Lamar Johnson and Bucky Dent, plated runs. The last of the five, by Jerry Hairston, loaded the bases for Jack Brohamer, who drew a walk to score a third run. Pat Kelly lashed a double to score two more to make it 8-7.

The Orioles made it 9-7 in the 7th, but in the bottom of the inning Jim Essian cracked a bases loaded, two out double that tied the game. There might have been more, but Pat Kelly was thrown out at the plate on the play to end the inning.

The Orioles grabbed a 10-9 lead, but once again, the never-say-die Sox came back. With two out in the 9th, pinch-runner Ralph Garr stole 2nd base and came around to score the tying run on a single by Pat Kelly, who also stole 2nd. This made the Sox 7-for-7 in stolen base attempts while wearing shorts. Kelly expired on base, however, and the game went into extra innings.

The game remained tied until the 12th, when Jim Essian bunted his way on to base, then moved to 2nd on Kevin Bell's sacrifice bunt. Bill Stein then smacked a shot towards Brooks Robinson at 3rd. Brooks made a try for it, but the ball hit the base and caromed out into left field. Essian cruised home to make the Sox 11-10 winners.

The win made the Sox 2-0 in shorts. Maybe there was something to this shorts thing? Some good mojo, perhaps?

The Sox were not only successful on the field, but at the gate. The second shorts game drew 32,607, a healthy upgrade over the 15,997 who had come out for the first shorts game. The combination of a win and a substantial gate could only mean one thing:



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