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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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July 27, 1971

Posted 08-06-2017 at 01:51 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 08:47 PM by TommyJohn

July 27,1971
vs. New York Yankees
at White Sox Park

The White Sox continue to win as July wears on. They are now in 4th place, having escaped the AL West cellar on the 9th.

This night against the Yankees was noteworthy-the game drew 13,346. Not much, but it pushed the team's attendance total for the year past the 1970 mark with two full months left in the season. The young Sox were playing improved baseball and the fans were responding. The ballpark was becoming lively and the Sox were now a team to watch.

This game was a case in point. Tommy John took the mound but was wild this time, allowing the Yankees to jump out to a 4-0 lead.

The Sox bit back, thanks to a home run by Jay Johnstone and RBI hits from Rich McKinney, Rich Morales and Mike Andrews.

The game went into overtime tied 5-5. The Yankees took a 6-5 lead thanks to a gift from the generous White Sox defense.

Felipe Alou was on 2nd and Roy White on 1st when John Ellis grounded to 3rd. Melton scooped up the ball, forced Alou off base then threw the ball in the general direction of 1st for the double play. It came nowhere near Carlos May's glove, and by the time May retrieved it White had scored.

On to the bottom of the inning as the time crept toward midnight. With one out and a runner on second, newly promoted outfielder Pat Kelly smacked a double that tied the score. Rick Reichardt grounded out and Carlos May was intentionally walked to set up a force at any base and extend the game at least another inning.

Bill "Dave" Melton, whose error gave the Yanks the lead, stepped up. At this point the baseball gods (Baseball God if you're a monotheist, Fate if you're an atheist) decided that they were done kicking Melty around, at least for tonight. Bill stepped into a Roger Hambright offering and sent it on a journey that ended in the left field lower deck. Bill did his home run trot and was pounded by his teammates as he crossed home plate and the fans cheered.

The home run was Melton's 23rd for the year, putting him ahead of his team record pace of the previous year and one ahead of Detroit's Norm Cash for the American League lead.

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