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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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October 2,1974

Posted 01-21-2018 at 06:02 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 07-05-2018 at 08:33 PM by TommyJohn

October 2,1974
vs. Kansas City Royals
at White Sox Park

The White Sox close out their ho-hum season on a cold Wednesday afternoon in front of a smallish crowd of 1,969. Pride was the only thing at stake. The Sox went into the game at 79-80 and so needed a win to avoid a second straight season with a record below .500.

The Sox, for the most part, trotted out their A team, minus Bill Melton and Ed Herrmann. Bill Stein manned the hot corner for the Sox, while the catching duties were handled by rookie Pete Varney, a Harvard graduate who Harry Caray raved was the next Johnny Bench.

Stein opened the scoring in the 2nd inning with a two run single to score Tony Muser and Jerry Hairston. After the Royals made it 2-1 Varney scored on a 5th inning sacrifice fly by Jorge Orta to make it 3-1.

The Royals came back in the 8th to make it 4-3 on hits by Hal McRae and Jim Wohlford. The Sox could have let it go and got out of there quick, but Bill Sharp's 8th inning RBI single tied the game.

The tie held until the bottom of the 12th. Jerry Hairston opened the frame with a walk off Bruce Dal Canton. He was forced off 2nd by a grounder by Bill Stein, who was then pinched for Bee Bee Richard. Two batters later, with Richard on 3rd and Pat Kelly on 1st, Bucky Dent stepped in. Dal Canton wound up and uncorked a pitch that blew by catcher Buck Martinez. Richard took off and was way too fast for Martinez. Bee Bee dashed across the plate to end the game and the season.

The remaining fans stood and cheered while Nancy Faust serenaded everyone with "Auld Lang Syne."

Chuck put out his usual positive spin, talking about how the Sox had won 8 of their last 11, which boded well for next season.

Not so positive was Bill Melton. Remember how Ron Santo had felt unwanted and unloved after the Cubs traded for Bill Madlock? Well, turns out Bill felt unwanted and unloved by the Sox after they traded for Santo. Now, he wanted out, and he knew exactly where he wanted to go.

"I hope when I come back here next, it's with the California Angels" said Melton, who obviously felt that if Ronnie didn't want the Angels 3rd base job, he would take it. After all, he lived in California and now wanted to be there year round to establish himself in a business.

Melton continued "I was playing horsefeathers until the middle of June. I figured if I screwed up bad enough, maybe they'd get rid of me." But the Sox had told him there was no market for him. Hm. Between Dick Allen walking out on the team in the middle of September and Bill Melton screwing up seemingly on purpose in order to force a trade, maybe Harry Caray's harsh criticisms about the team weren't all that unfair.

The Sox' other 3rd baseman had an even worse year. Ron Santo closed out the campaign with 5 home runs and a .221 average, both career lows by far. He had last played on September 29, pinch-hitting for Pat Kelly in the 8th inning of 3-2 loss to the A's. Ron, facing Darold Knowles, flied out to Claudell Washington.

"I don't know what I'll do" Ronnie said after the season finale. "I'll decide this winter. I won't leave Chicago for another club, but I don't know if I'll be back here, either."

Chuck Tanner capped off the day by telling the gathered press corps that he couldn't wait until 1975. He was just about the only one.

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