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September 27,1975

Posted 02-27-2018 at 08:40 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-12-2018 at 07:40 AM by TommyJohn

September 27,1975
vs. Minnesota Twins
at Metropolitan Stadium

John Allyn's financial woes grew larger as the season wore on. Things were getting so bad that the fireworks shot off after every White Sox home run had to be cut back. Only one volley was fired off after a Sox roundtripper instead of two or three. Everybody was late in getting paid-from visiting clubs who wanted their 40% cut of the gate receipts right on down to the Andy Frain ushers. Allyn scrambled to have the money in the bank to cover the expenses. And then the situation attained critical mass.

Allyn found himself in danger of not meeting his last payroll. Deron Johnson had been sold to the Boston Yawkeys in order to help cover it, but Allyn was still coming up light. It was a strange situation. No one could remember the last time the owner of a major sports franchise was unable to pay his players. Such things only happened in places like the World Football League. But it was happening in Chicago, and if Allyn couldn't come up with the scratch, the entire roster would become free agents.

Readers of Dave Condon opened their Tribunes on the 27th to see in his column that the A's-White Sox swap he had written of in July was closer to happening. MLB wanted to resolve its Seattle situation AND keep a team in Chicago, so this seemed the best way to do it. "If [Allyn, Finley and Horace Stoneham of the Giants] all play ball together, maybe we'll have a World Series in White Sox Park next year..." Condon wrote.

It was with this sad state of affairs unfolding that the Sox took the field for their last series of the year with the Twins. Claude Osteen took the mound on Saturday and held the Twins scoreless for 4 innings. Two hits to open the 5th finished him for the day and Rich Gossage came on to get the Sox out of the inning.

Rich kept the Twins in check while the Sox scored their only run on an 8th inning sacrifice fly by Jerry Hairston that scored Brian Downing but also turned into an inning-ending double play.

Gossage held the Twins scoreless over the next 2 frames, inducing Mike Poepping to pop out to end it with a final of 1-0. Gossage was the pitcher of record, getting his 9th win of the season. For Osteen, the other half of the shutout, it would prove to be his final major league game.

The next day the Sox' lost season drew to a close with a 6-4 win in 10 innings (see: Game of the Year, 1975). Bill Melton contributed a two run home run in the 6th in what would be his final at-bat of the season. It was his 15th of the season and the 154th of his career, tops by far in White Sox history. Bee Bee Richard replaced Melton at 3rd in the bottom of the 6th.

Players like Ken Henderson, Bucky Dent and Brian Downing expressed relief that it was all over.

Henderson blasted Harry Caray for "destroying" the team and trying to run Tanner and Hemond out of town. Harry countered "when you've had the kind of atrocious year he's had, let's just let the facts speak for themselves."

Dent said "I honestly think we're glad to get it over with" calling all the talk about moving "unsettling." Downing said that things got so bad that he got to the point where he looked forward to road games, as the crowds at home were small and always on them.

The White Sox headed home for the season unsure of the their own or the team's future.

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