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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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August 29,1970

Posted 06-17-2017 at 11:26 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:50 PM by TommyJohn

August 29, 1970
vs. Boston Red Sox
at White Sox Park

Just when the Boston Red Sox thought it was safe to pick on the White Sox again...

The White Sox continued to lose, lose and lose some more. Occasionally they would give their fans something to cheer about, but those moments were few and far between.

The team decided to have a little fun with themselves. Soxers Bill Melton, Ed Herrmann and Gail Hopkins restored a broken down 1929 Ford contraption and christened it "The Big White Machine." The name was a riff on "The Big Red Machine", the Cincinnati Reds team that was mashing NL pitchers into the ground.

The Big White Machine was unveiled in Sox Park on the night of August 7 in front of 30,123 fans, most of whom were there for free thanks to a promotion headed by legendary Chicago DJ Franklyn MacCormack. The machine would sputter and snort its way around the park after every White Sox victory.

The BWM saw a little action after its intro-the team won 6 home games in the next few weeks. The offensive firepower the name was meant to invoke was on full display in Fenway Park on the 19th, when the White Sox erupted for 11 9th inning runs to turn a 5-2 loss into a 13-5 win.

The Red Sox came to Chicago nine days later and beat them in the first game of the series. The next day, however, the Big White Machine swung into action, as the White Sox decided to once again have some fun with the patsies from Boston.

The Red Sox jumped on rookie Bart Johnson and took a commanding 7-1 lead into the bottom of the 6th. By this time the Red Sox should have learned that no lead was safe with these White Sox.

Sure enough, the White Sox erupted for 8 runs in the bottom frame. The outburst was topped off by Ed Herrmann's grand slam.

The home team piled 4 more runs on in the 7th, two by way of Carlos May's 11th home run of the year.

The final score was White Sox 13, Red Sox 9. The Big White Machine took its victory chug around the park. White Sox fans began petitioning the American League to play Boston exclusively for the rest of the season.

The Red Sox then invoked the spirit of Popeye the Sailor-"That's all I can stands, I can't stands no more!" The day after their latest humiliation at the hands of the Pale Hose, they went out and thrashed the White Sox in a doubleheader sweep. Final score of the first game: Red Sox 21, White Sox 11.

A 4-1 loss in Game 2 ended the Sox-Sox season series at 8-4 in favor of Boston. The Red Sox bolted Chicago breathing a sigh of relief.

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