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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 6,1971

Posted 07-22-2017 at 03:51 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 06-25-2018 at 09:55 PM by TommyJohn

May 6,1971
vs. Boston Red Sox
at White Sox Park

"It was our worst game of the year" Chuck Tanner said in summing up this day's effort against the Bosox. He was being too kind. The White Sox committed a whopping six errors and other miscues in getting bombed, 10-1.

The game itself, held on a Thursday afternoon with overcast skies and temperatures in the 40s, was hastily rescheduled after a rainout the day before. Red Sox players Carl Yastrzemski and Gary Peters had to forego their plans to go fishing on Lake Michigan to report to work.

This game is also noteworthy for the size of the crowd. The above-mentioned conditions (temperature, threat of rain, the fact that it was a makeup game held on a workday) held the crowd down to 511. You read that right. Only 511 people turned out this for one, the lowest announced attendance in the history of the ballpark. Oh, sure, there may have been some epic battles between pathetic White Sox and St Louis Browns teams in the 1930s that probably drew about 300 people, but those crowds weren't announced, leaving this game as the all-time low.

The Red Sox and Gary Peters enjoyed a "laugher" in the words of their manager Eddie Kasko. They had their way with Sox starter Bart Johnson, bombing him and three other pitchers for 11 hits, including a home run by 1st baseman George Scott. Peters went the distance with 5 K's and went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

The White Sox, meanwhile, couldn't get out of their own way. Bill Melton committed two of the six errors, bringing his total for the season to five, which was actually an improvement over 1970. Bee Bee Richard committed his 11th error of the young season, which led the league at his position and had Sox fans yearning for the Glory Days of Luis Aparicio who, incidentally, went 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs in this game against his old mates. Sox outfielders also let a couple of flies drop in the field that could have been caught. While not recorded as errors, they were awful plays just the same.

But never fear, Sox fans. Just after Chuck pronounced his judgment about the game, he followed it up with "But the beautiful thing about baseball is that you can just forget it and look forward to next game."

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