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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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April 25, 1969

Posted 03-25-2017 at 02:49 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-04-2018 at 03:25 PM by TommyJohn

April 25, 1969
vs. Minnesota Twins
at White Sox Park

Make no mistake about it, the years 1968-70 were the worst in the history of the White Sox franchise. Sure, the late 20s-early 30s were pretty awful, but when it came to bad baseball, fan apathy, dwindling financial resources, negative press and rumors/threats of relocation nothing tops this three year span.

And yet, there were a few gems to be found and treasured during this era. The emergence of players like Bill Melton, Carlos May and Walt Williams as stars gave fans something to cheer about.

There was also this game, in which the White Sox beat the Twins in thrilling, come-from-behind fashion to vault into 1st place in the AL West.

The Twins struck first with a run in the top of the 1st off Sox starter Tommy John.

The Sox immediately shot back with four runs in the bottom frame. Don Pavelitch's two run single gave them the lead. Buddy Bradford added two more with a home run bomb onto the roof of the park.

Tommy John held fast until the top of the 8th, when the Twins chased him and took a 5-4 lead.

This set the stage for the dramatic ending. In the bottom of the 9th Ron Hansen singled with runners on base to tie the score. An intentional walk to Woodie Held loaded the bases for Carlos May. Once again, the Sox' new hitting star came through, slapping a single to drive home the winning run.

Sox fans woke up on the morning of the 26th and opened their papers to see the Sox in first place with an 8-5 record. Whether or not this was cause for hope or optimism I can't say. Perhaps a few thought that the new hitting stars that the team had desperately needed in years past indicated an end to the dark days and would put the team on the road to contention again.

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