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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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May 24, 1969

Posted 04-01-2017 at 01:51 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-05-2018 at 08:24 AM by TommyJohn

May 24,1969
vs. Boston Red Sox
at White Sox Park

At this point in the season the Sox look like an improved team offensively-the team average is at .235 (compared to .211 for 1968) led by Carlos May's .306 average. Walt Williams is also over .300. The team is actually one home run off the pace from the previous year-22 at this point (vs. 23 in 1968). 14 of those home runs belong to Carlos May (10) and Bill Melton (4), the rookie 1-2 punch that was fast becoming the south side's version of the M&M boys.

The pitching, however, was taking a hit. The astroturf infield was letting balls spring out for hits. Also, MLB responded to the "Year of the Pitcher" (one AL player hit over .300 in 1968) by lowering the mound from 15 inches to 10.

This had a noticeable effect on the Sox staff-team ERA on 5/24/68 was 2.14. This year it was 3.38. Tommy John and Joel Horlen saw their ERAs going up as well, while Gary Peters continued a struggle that had begun the previous year, when he went 4-13.

Record-wise, there wasn't much difference-the Sox were 16-17 going into this game, as opposed to 16-19 in 1968.

GM Ed Short was also attempting to shake up the team, but did so with an inexplicable trade-on May 14 young, flashy 2nd baseman Sandy Alomar was sent to the Angels for older, slower Bobby Knoop, who was contemplating retirement. It wasn't Short's first head-scratcher, nor would it be his last.

The Sox flashed their offensive firepower in this game, bashing 11 hits off Boston pitching. The highlight came in the 3rd, when Bill Melton socked a grand slam, the first of his career. Scoring ahead of him was Carlos May, who had driven the inning's first run in with a single.

One inning later Ken Berry and Walt Williams went deep for their first homers of the season. Gary Peters goes the distance, giving up a home run to Tony Conigliaro (In his first season back after nearly being killed by a pitch to the face in August, 1967) in the process.

The crowds were remaining about the same, though. Only 5,584 came out to see this one. The Sox were now at 17-17.

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