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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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September 7,1972

Posted 09-23-2017 at 11:20 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 10:27 PM by TommyJohn

September 7, 1972
vs. Oakland A's
at White Sox Park

For six heady days in late August, the White Sox hold on to 1st place by a slim margin. Fans start to hope against hope for a "Miracle on 35th Street" in which the underdog White Sox would hold off the A's and take the AL West.

A Luis Tiant shutout in Fenway Park on the 29th knocks the Sox out of 1st. It is the start of a 1-6 slide that pushes them 3 1/2 back.

Oakland comes to town on September 6th with the world still reeling with shock and grief over the events that week at the Munich Olympics, when German-financed Palestinian terrorists took 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team hostage and demanded the release of political prisoners. Two of the athletes are killed during the kidnapping, nine more are slaughtered by the terrorists during a bungled rescue attempt. The Olympics held a memorial surface and ceased all events for two days.

Baseball carries on though, and Oakland wins on the 6th to push the Sox 4 back, so the Sox take the field on the 7th needing a win to keep pace. Wilbur Wood goes up against Vida Blue in front of 34,000.

The Sox slap Blue right away when Dick Allen hits a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning. They add two more in the 4th when Ed Spiezio triples home Rick Reichardt, then proceeds to score on Ed Herrmann's sacrifice fly.

The score remains 3-0 in the 7th when Dick Allen continues to add to his legacy. With two on and two out Allen steps up and lashes a Rollie Fingers pitch into the seats for his 33rd home run of the season. The blast ties the White Sox mark set by Allen teammate Bill Melton in 1970 and 1971. Melton is, of course, out for the season and thus not on hand to see his record equaled.

Wilbur Wood cruises the rest of the way to earn his 8th shutout of the season. The 6-0 win boosts his record to 24-12. The win puts the Sox 3 games back with 22 games left.

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