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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 3,1976

Posted 04-17-2018 at 09:03 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 08-18-2019 at 10:57 AM by TommyJohn

October 3,1976
vs. Texas Rangers
at Arlington Stadium

The 1976 White Sox go out the same way they came in-by shutout. Only this time, it was Veeck's Wrecks that were on the losing end, the 21st time in the season that they had been blanked.

Ranger hurler Len Barker, making only his second appearance in the majors, was the owner of the gem. He scattered only three hits and struck out six over the course of 9 innings to earn his first win.

Rich Gossage found himself on the losing end, despite not having a bad outing himself. He gave up only three runs on seven hits while striking out five.

The first Ranger run came in the 4th when Roy Howell got to him for a home run. The other two came in the 7th when Jim Sundberg garnered an RBI double, then scored on a single by Dave Moates. The last hitter Gossage faced was Tom Grieve in the 8th inning. Grieve fouled out to Kevin Bell to end the inning.

The Sox ended it without a fight. Jerry Hairston and Jim Spencer struck out and Jorge Orta grounded out.

The Sox ended the season not with a bang, but with nary a whimper. Their final record was 64-97, which included an awful 1-15 run in their final 16 games. Only a 4-2 win over the A's on September 24 saved them from going out on a 16 game losing streak.

One person relieved to be done with it all was Paul Richards, who was more than ready to go back into retirement and had been for a while. Soon after the All-Star break, he was asked if he was looking forward to the second half of the season. Richards pulled out a black calendar book and showed it to the reporter. The date of the last game of the season was circled. "That's the day I'm looking forward to" he told the reporter.

Richards was good at least for reporters seeking good copy. He once told reporters that Jesse Jefferson "looked a mite goofy."

He also didn't have a high opinion of his team's talents. In August, an Oakland rookie named Paul Mitchell shut out the Sox. Richards was asked what he thought of the young stud. The Sox skipper replied "I'd have to see him pitch against someone else. Shuttin' us out is no big deal."

Bill Veeck had a mighty task ahead of him for 1977, and finding a new manager was the least of his worries.

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