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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 20,1975

Posted 02-15-2018 at 09:03 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 12-12-2018 at 08:37 AM by TommyJohn

July 20,1975
vs. Milwaukee Brewers
at White Sox Park

It was Jersey Day at White Sox Park, and 24,719 turned out on a beautiful, sunny Sunday to see the scheduled Sox-Brewers doubleheader and to collect a replica Sox jersey with the Aamco Transmissions label on the back. I was among the people streaming in, along with my father, brother, sister and cousin. I clutched my souvenir jersey given to me by a smiling lady (number 51-Terry Forster) as I walked in. I was six years old and unaware of Harry Caray's sharp barbs or John Allyn's financial distress. I was just excited to once again be seeing the White Sox in person.

The Sox burst out of the gate in game 1, jumping on Brewer starter Ed Sprague for 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Ken Henderson drove across the first two, followed by run-scoring hits from Bill Melton and Bill Stein.

Gorman Thomas got two of the runs back by touching Sox starter Wilbur Wood for a two run home run in the top of the 2nd.

The Sox went out in the bottom of the 2nd and padded the lead. Pat Kelly opened the inning with a single, went to 3rd on a single by Bucky Dent and proceeded home when a Carlos May grounder forced Dent at 2nd. They added two more runs when Ken Henderson singled in May and Bill Melton hit a fly ball that left fielder Bobby Darwin dropped to score Deron Johnson from 3rd. Melton received credit for a sacrifice fly on the play.

The Sox added two more, one in the 5th on a Carlos May single to score Bucky Dent and another in the 7th on a wild pitch.

Wood cruised through the game, giving up only the two runs and four hits. The 9-2 win gave Wood a 9-13 record and lowered his ERA to 4.03.

After the first game came a softball match between the Sox wives and the Brewer wives, who trotted out wearing pinstriped, one-piece overall short shorts. Claude Osteen served as home plate umpire and the Sox wives beat the Brewer wives 4-1. The scoreboard was set off in recognition of the wives' win. Meanwhile, up in the booth, Harry Caray cracked "I didn't know these players were married!"

By the way, I remember laughing at Claude Osteen's wife because I thought she was ugly, and at Hank Aaron's wife because she looked old. Hey, I was six.


Game two saw Claude Osteen get slammed in the 1st inning for his second start in a row. Four Brewer runs crossed the plate, including one on a Hank Aaron triple.

The Sox bounced back in this one, though. They trailed 4-2 in the 4th when Bill Stein stepped up with the bases loaded and smacked a drive into the left field seats for a grand slam and a 6-4 lead. Bill Melton added a solo shot in the 6th and the Sox added 3 more to roll to a 10-5 win and complete the doubleheader sweep.

The wins gave the Sox a record of 19-8 in their last 27 games and made them 45-46 overall. They appeared on the road to recovery.

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