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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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June 4,1977

Posted 04-28-2018 at 03:09 PM by TommyJohn

June 4,1977
vs. New York Yankees
at Comiskey Park

One night after being bruised for seven runs in one inning by the White Sox, the Penthouse Boys repaid the Poorhouse Dwellers in kind.

35,789 fans had barely settled into their seats when the Yankees blew the game open with 7 runs in the top of the 2nd. The big blow came when Thurman Munson singled with the bases loaded. Two runs came in on the hit and one more scored on an error by Chet Lemon. That widened the score from 2-0 to 5-0.

The victim of the onslaught was Bart Johnson, who was excused after the Munson hit and relieved with Wilbur Wood, who then gave up a booming triple to Chris Chambliss that scored Munson and a double to Reggie Jackson that scored Chambliss.

The Sox, to their credit, did not give up. Fans were still in shock as Richie Zisk stepped up to lead off the bottom of the 2nd against Don Gullett, another high-priced free agent signing. Zisk stepped into a Gullett offering and hammered it on a high, soaring arc towards left field. The crowd roared as the ball came down and bounced onto the left field roof and off into Armour Park.

The rooftop home run made Zisk the 4th player to reach both the roof and the centerfield bleachers with a home run, joining Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg and Dick Allen. The shot also gave Zisk the distinction of becoming the second player, along with Greenberg, of doing both in the same season. And incredibly, he hit both within two weeks of each other.

The Sox continued to chip away at the lead. They added another run in the 2nd, then Chet Lemon socked a two run home run in the 4th to narrow the gap to 7-4. After another Yankee run Lemon struck again in the 6th with a solo home run. In the 7th Oscar Gamble slammed another solo shot to make it 8-6.

The Sox kept on fighting until the bitter end. With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Alan Bannister and Jorge Orta both singled to bring Zisk strolling up to the plate representing the winning run. Sox fans got on their feet and roared for another tape measure blast from Zisk. Richie couldn't pull it off this time-he lofted a fly ball to left that Roy White pulled in to end it.

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